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Rugosa Shrub Rose

1901.  5ft

Fossil records suggest that Rugosa roses are amongst the oldest roses on the planet – dating from at least 30 million years ago. They are very hardy, need little attention and flower repeatedly. The species comes from Japan, Northern China and Korea. It – and its many forms – are very widely grown, and deservedly so. The species reached Europe in the late eighteenth century but was little used until the late nineteenth century, when French, German and American breeders began to hybridise it. Cultivars introduced then, such as ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’, 1892 and ‘Roseraie de l’Haÿ’,  are still very popular today. In recent years, these strongly scented and tough roses have also been used to breed roses for cold climates and for landscaping.

Roseraie de La H’Hay is probably the most popular of all the Rugosas.

The long pointed, scrolled buds  open to deep crimson blooms with cream coloured stamens and age to a magenta pink.   The flowers are 4 to 5 inches across and semi-double, with loosely arranged, folded petals.    The blooms are very fragrant and smell like sugared almonds.

Few hips are produced. and the foliage is dense and apple green.

Like most other hybrid rugosa roses, this vigorous rose is a tough plant with good disease resistance, it tolerates a wide range of soils and seaside conditions.

Its repeating blooms and attractive foliage make it an excellent choice for mixed shrub planting, and it also makes an excellent scented hedge.   We have a hedge of this variety in the plant centre which always gets plenty of admirers and  lots of interest when it comes into bloom.

Also known as 'Old Rosemary'

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