David Thompson (Rosa rugosa 'David Thompson')-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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David Thompson
Rosa rugosa 'David Thompson'

Hybrid Rugosa with a compact habit. Double flowers 3-4 inches wide (petal count 25). Very intense fragrance. This Rugosa does not have showy fruit and has nearly thornless (no prickles) stems. 
Full sun, well-drained soil. 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
3-4 Feet (Width 3 feet - 4 feet )
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 7 
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - September
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Insect Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Very resistant to blackspot, mildew and rust. Watch for Japanese beetle, aphids, cane borer, and rose midge.
Additional Notes
Extremely hardy and disease resistant. Member of the Candian Explorer rose series.


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