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Long-Blooming and Hardy: The White Rugosa Rose

  • Large, Fleshy Rose Hips
  • Broad White Blooms
  • Highly Floriorous
  • Low-Maintenance
  • Thrives in Less-Than-Ideal Conditions

Who has time for fussy roses? If you shook your head when reading that question, you will love the White Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa 'Alba'). It is a delightful white rose that is hardy, carefree, and produces ample rose hips from June until frost.

The White Rugosa Rose shows off with large, white, multi-layered, and elegant blooms beginning in June While they may not be the most intricate roses you will find, they offer demure beauty similar to the gardenia. The White Rugosa also blooms, then blooms, and blooms some more. In fact, it produces more glowing white flowers than almost any other showy variety.

White and deep green are a winning combination, making the White Rugosa Rose a lively and striking competitor among other flowering shrubs and garden bed choices. The White Rugosa's foliage is a shiny but deep green that remains dense through fall then transforms to popping orange and scarlet.

In addition to striking flowers, the White Rugosa Rose also produces massive, fleshy rose hips that add long-lasting interest.

And this rose doesn't call it quits easily. It holds up to salt, cold temperatures, and pruning. In fact, while the White Rugosa Rose won't grow taller than chest-height, you can cut it down to about a foot in height spring just as it starts to come out of dormancy.

The White Rugosa Rose may not be at home in a formal English rose garden, but boy does it thrive in spots that can be difficult to plant. Use yours to add charm and whimsy along the strip of grass between your driveway and fence.

It also makes an unbeatable choice for your hellstrip, requiring almost no maintenance after establishing. Put a few in your moon garden, mixed border, or cottage garden.

This super hardy shrub loves full sun and well-drained soil, but its forgiving nature makes it a great choice for other conditions, as well. Flowers come on new growth and these stunners need no winter protection.

The White Rugosa Rose is one of the best-kept secrets in the gardening world. If you can keep a secret, your neighbors will think you spend hours and tons of money keeping this carefree rose in bloom and healthy. Order yours now.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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White Rugosa Rose Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-7
Growing Zones 2-7
More Information
Botanical Name Rosa rugosa 'Alba'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink, Yellow, White
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
When To Prune Early Spring
Fragrant Yes