Rosa rugosa – Dog Rose

Sizes Supplied Item Price £ – (Ex VAT)
(Min Order: 50 no.)
60-80cm 0.80 BR (Nov – Mar)

Key: BR = Bare Root (November – March)

Details / Key Facts

Rosa rugosa – Dog Rose – a tough, tolerant and fast growing, the sprawling stems of this native rose will form a thick impenetrable hedge in record time. The pink-flushed, white flowers have a lovely scent and appear throughout summer. As they fade, glossy red fruits (hips) form, which add interest well into autumn. A wonderful addition to a wildlife-friendly garden as the hips are very attractive to birds.

Key Facts

  • Common name: Dog Rose
  • Botanical name: Rosa rugosa
  • Group: Hedge 
  • Flowering time: Summer
  • Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand, Chalk
  • Height and spread: 1-1.5 metres and 1-1.5 metres
  • Aspect: South-facing or West-facing or East-facing. Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Difficulty: Easy

How To Grow

Langley Horticulture recommend 5 plants per metre in a double staggered row. Grow in full sun with fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring and a balanced fertiliser again in early summer. Tolerant of poor soil and shade; suitable for hedging.

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn or by chip budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Hedging & Screens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens

Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits

Horticultural Group
Rugosa roses are upright shrubs with very prickly stems bearing handsome, glossy, wrinkled foliage and fragrant, single or semi-double flowers in summer and autumn, often followed by large, tomato-like red hips

Further Information
‘Rubra’ is a vigorous medium-sized shrub with prickly stems and glossy, strongly veined leaves turning yellow in autumn. Fragrant, single, deep magenta-pink flowers 9cm wide are fragrant in summer and autumn are followed by large scarlet hips


Native Mixed hedging is traditionally made up of 50% hawthorn & blackthorn, with remaining 50% split between the other varieties.

Minimum order 50 plants of each variety.

Recommend 5 plants per metre in a double staggered row.


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