Rosa Rugosa Alba

Type: Rugosa

The white form of the species, native to Japan and N.E. Asia. Large (4 in.) single, silky, purest white flowers with golden stamens. Very fragrant. In autumn the foliage turns yellow, making a striking sight with the huge, orange-red hips. Does well in poor soil conditions, even at the seashore. A most outstanding rose.
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(Gallon Pot)

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Additional Info

Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score 9.2
Bloom Type Single
Breeder Code No
Characteristics Fragrance, Hips, Winter Hardy
Specific Color White
Country of Origin Japan
Fragrance Exceptionally Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 3 (-40° to -30°), 4 (-30° to -20°), 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # No
Rebloom Repeat Blooming
Shade Tolerant Yes
Approximate Size 6' X 4'
Year Very old


Customer Reviews (7)

excellent serviceReview by Beth
Zone 9. Own root rose arrived and soon I discovered that it was the rubra not the alba that I ordered. The staff at Heirloom roses corrected the mistake right away and the alba is growing and blooming happily. Happy to be a repeat customer. (Posted on 8/26/2018)
SurvivorsReview by CJ
They survive and are beautiful despite neglect. Love singles, the leaves, and especially the hips. (Posted on 12/5/2017)
Super WOW; super happy!Review by sheila
I ordered this rose on 4/1/17; it was shipped to me on 4/6/17 and arrived so fast I was still trying to hire someone to plant it.
This morning I found SIX fully opened beautiful blooms on it. Had not seen it for 2 days due to steady rainstorms keeping me in. Have not detected fragrance yet but the blossoms are unblemished --perfect.
Did I mention very happy! Looking forward to fragrance and hips. (Posted on 6/15/2017)
Beautiful!Review by J
I live in zone 7 and get sigificant ocean breeze. The fragrance is beautiful and I have had no issues with any disease. Very happy with this rose. (Posted on 6/11/2017)
Tough shade-loverReview by Ashley
I got this last July and it showed minimal interest in thriving from when I planted it in a large pot through the end of summer and a pretty typical Long Island, NY winter (with no winter prep or care AT ALL). I mean, it didn't look dead, but it obviously is one of those roses that takes its sweet time getting going. Well, by mid-March, I could tell this was a happy rose that was ready to have a big spring and summer: pretty lime green leaves started popping out of the stems all over the place and now, in mid-may, it's getting some height and tons and tons of leaves. I'm not seeing any true canes or any signs of buds just yet, but roses really don't do much at all on Long Island until well into June/July, so this one is already ahead of the curve. I have it in a very shady location, in a large pot, and have only found a few aphids on it so far. Something is nibbling a couple of leaves and I have yet to identify the culprit, but the damage is very minimal and I'm hoping it was a one-time issue, since everything I've read says the rugosas absolutely hate being sprayed with anything. I can see why this is a good rose for the beach because the canes are super strong against wind. I have a feeling this is a rose you could put pretty much anywhere and it would find a way to survive. Can't wait to see it start blooming in the next month or so! Very happy I decided to try this one out for my very shady little garden :) (Posted on 5/15/2017)
Love these!Review by Dog lady
Had them here and in near Boston! Wonderful hardy roses and did spec many in my landscape designs!!! Wonderful in the pet memory garden!!! (Posted on 2/13/2017)
Love my Rugosa!Review by RoseyPosey
What a prolific bloomer.I love that I get a true white color and the deer won't touch it! (Posted on 1/16/2017)

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