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Sir Thomas Lipton
Rosa rugosa 'Sir Thomas Lipton'

Quick Profile

Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Mature Height
5 - 8 Feet (Width 5 feet)
USDA Hardiness Zones
4 - 8 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - August


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.

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