Sir Thomas Lipton (Rosa rugosa 'Sir Thomas Lipton')-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Sir Thomas Lipton
Rosa rugosa 'Sir Thomas Lipton'

Hybrid Rugosa rose with early season bloom and then recurrent through the fall.  White flowers (petal count 17-25).  Strong fragrance.  Excellent for hedging. 
Prefers full sun and well-drained soils, but it is very tolerant of wide range of soil types and is also tolerant of light shade. Prune by the renewal method removing one-third of the oldest canes to the soil line in the spring as needed to keep the shrub open and new canes in production. Prune the stem back to a branch angle (a process called heading back) as needed to reduce width and height. 
Mature Height
5-8 Feet (Width 5 feet)
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 - 8 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - August
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Insect Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Average disease resistance and is susceptible to blackspot and mildew. Watch for Japanese beetle, aphids, cane borer, and rose midge.
Additional Notes


Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
U of IL - Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging
U of IL - Plant Clinic