White Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’)

White Rugosa Rose

Dreamy fragrant blooms – The glorious snowy blooms of the White Rugosa Rose (Rosa Rugosa ‘Alba’) are highly fragrant, featuring the classic English Rose scent. The white single blossoms fill your landscape with their perfume while the lush leafy beauty of the foliage and ornamental fall Rose Hips add interest for 3 growing seasons every year!

The pollinators adore these perfumed beauties, each crowned with a gorgeous ring of golden anthers. Clusters of large flowers smother the deep-green foliage all summer long! Fall brings ornate, shiny seed pods that decorate the autumn in the harvest tones of yellow, orange and red hips! Persisting on the shrub all fall, and throughout the mild winter as well, these Rose Hips can be used in crafts, dried floral arrangements, feeding songbirds, and even been used in tea, medicinal and culinary delights!

So very versatile and adaptable, you’ll enjoy their carefree nature! Featuring low water requirements once established, Rugosa are often used as Fire-scaping barriers and in out-of-the-way areas. Salt is no problem for these Beach Roses, nor does the salt along your road or driveway give them a reason to balk Hardy throughout chilly USDA growing zones 2 through mild zone 7, there’s little that fazes these tough beauties!

Planting and Application:

Shrub Roses are great large hedges and back-of-the-border landscaping shrubs, to highlight smaller perennials, Roses, or other plantings. Rugosa Roses are impressive-sized barrier plants that are fantastic for scented screening and property division. Tough, hardy and resilient, you can plant long rows or groupings of these shrubs without any effort.

Perfect as barriers to deter foot traffic and trespassers, the strong, tall and thorn-covered canes will make anyone think twice before crossing through them! Create Firewise landscapes with these winter-hardy pure white, single flowers while feeding your populations of beneficial pollinators.

Tolerant of salt spray, coastal conditions, and a wide range of climates, Rugosa Roses are perfect for privacy and screening your home from the street, or from the neighbors. Line your driveway or separate your front from the backyard with a row or cluster of lush foliage and fragrant white blossoms!

Cottage gardens and mass plantings are equally lovely uses for these Shrub Roses. From woodland and naturalized plantings to more formal applications, these shrubs blend right in. Fantastic anchors for foundations or for softening the corners of hard structures, the White Rugosa accents large areas quickly!

A free-flowering Rose bush accents like nothing else, lending that classic wild Rose look and adaptability to modern landscapes, formal plantings, or informal country styles alike!

The fragrance lends itself to your outdoor garden rooms as well as perfuming indoor vases and bouquets! The Moon Garden-worthy, bridal-white blossoms look lovely with their backing of matte, dark-green leaves!

  • Large Snow-White Blossoms!
  • Extremely Fragrant – Classic Rose Scent!
  • Fall Interest – Ornamental Reddish-Orange Rose Hips
  • Cut Flower & Dried Crafts & Pollinators Galore!
  • Late Summer Bloom
  • Easy Care Hardy Adaptable Shrub
  • Barrier Plants, Specimen & Privacy

Tips for Care:

Rugosa Roses flower the most when planted in the full sun. Plant in a location with good air circulation in at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, preferring morning sun to dry their leaves of dew. Handing extreme cold like a champ! Tough, adaptable and disease-resistant, Rugosa Roses have stood the test of time and are long-lived shrubs that feature vigorous growth and strong canes. Plant these in enriched, highly organic, well-drained soil. Preferring moderate, yet consistent moisture, Roses despise soggy, water-logged soil, so be sure to plant in an area with good drainage. Rugosa Roses require occasional water once established and are among the easiest-growing Roses available!

Fertilize your Rose 2-3 times a year with fertilizer geared for Roses for a healthy long-lived plant. Low maintenance once established, Rugosa only requires pruning in early spring to shape them, clean out the interior, and control their size. Avoid deadheading if you wish to enjoy the Rose Hips in the fall.

  • Full Sun Lover
  • Moist Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Regular Fertility & Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune Early Spring & Deadhead For New Blooms
  • Mulch Very Well
  • Disease Resistant – Deer & Salt Spray Resistant – Cold & Heat Tolerant

Rugosa feature incredible fragrance, lovely single blooms, and that gleaming pure white flower, belying their tough-as-nails nature. Enjoy years of three-season beauty and interest for the cost of a high-end floral bouquet!

White Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa ‘Alba’) Details

Common name White Rugosa Rose
Botanical name Rosa rugosa 'Alba'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 2-7
Growth rate Fast
Height 4 - 6 ft.
Width 4 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color White