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David Thompson
Rosa rugosa 'David Thompson'

Quick Profile

Full Sun
Mature Height
3 - 4 Feet (Width 3 feet - 4 feet )
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 7 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
June - September


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.


Extremely hardy and disease resistant. Member of the Candian Explorer rose series.

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