University of Illinois Extension
Different Kinds of Roses

Directory of Roses

White Rugosa Rose
Rosa rugosa alba

Quick Profile

Full Shade
Mature Height
5 - 7 Feet (Width 4 feet to 6 feet)
USDA Hardiness Zones
2 - 8 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - August


Species Rugosa rose with distinctive crinkled foliage. Extremely hardy. Adapts to a variety of sites and shows good salt tolerance. White flowers, 3-4 inches wide (petal count 5), strong fragrance. Fall foliage color orange/red. Large orange/red fruit display in fall/winter.


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.


For best fruit display, do not deadhead. Don't use fungicides as they are phytotoxic and will result in foliage damage and loss.

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