Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa)

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Wholesale Rugosa Rose Bush in Michigan

Based in our home of Free Soil, Michigan, Cold Stream Farm is a wholesale and retail supplier of Rugosa Rose bushes. We grow, sell, and ship Rugosa Rose bushes both as bare root seedlings and transplants with no minimum order.

What to Know Before You Purchase Rugosa Rose Bushes

Before you purchase one or several Rugosa Rose (Rosa Rugosa) plants, there are many things to know about the plant’s characteristics, preferences, and uses. Namely, they have thorns! Be careful while handling your Rugosa Rose bush.

What’s in a name?

Rugosa Rose bushes have the scientific name of Rosa Rugosa, as an obvious member of the Rose family. The word Rugosa is derived from Latin, which makes its common name so similar to its nomenclature.

In Latin, “Rugosa” translates to “wrinkled.” Here, the plant gets its name from its wrinkled, pink leaves. Some other common names for Rugosa Rose bushes include Rugoso Rose, Turkestan Rose, Japanese Rose, beach rose, and letchberry.

Size and Appearance

As a large and sprawling plant, Rugosa Rose bushes can grow to be up to eight feet tall and six feet wide. The plants are easily recognizable with their dark pink, wrinkled roses which each have five petals and fade to white at the end of the season.

Rugosa Rose bushes bear an edible red fruit that resembles the appearance of a small cherry tomato. These fruits are called “hips” and typically grow in the summer and early fall alongside the flower bloom.

The leaves of a Rugosa Rose Bush are thick like leather, dark green in color, and shaped like an ellipse. In the autumn, the leaves will turn into a bright yellow color before ultimately falling to the ground.

Ideal Growing Conditions

Rugosa Rose bushes are very resilient plants with the ability to grow in many different soil conditions and withstand severe drought conditions. Ideally, Rugosas are grown in full sunlight, although the plant will still bloom in partial shade.

Common across USDA zones 3 through 9, Rugosa Rose bushes survive in many temperature and climate conditions, highly resistant to both cold weather and arid landscape conditions.

The Benefits and Uses of Rugosa Rose Bushes

The Rugosa Rose bush is most commonly used as a hedge for residential and commercial properties. Tall, dense, thorned, and yet still attractive, Rugosa Rose bushes are some of the most popular windbreakers and property borders in North America. Rugosa Rose bushes are very responsive to pruning and can easily be shaped to fit any property.

Thanks to their fast-growing and spreading lifestyle paired with their ability to thrive in difficult conditions, Rugosa Roses are also great for erosion control along a stream, highway, or another at-risk area.

Using the Fruit and Flowers

The hip fruit of a Rugosa Rose plant has many common names including the sea tomato, beach tomato, and beach plum. Although they are edible, it is much more common for people to make use of the plant’s attractive, edible, and sweet-smelling flowers. Rugosa Rose flowers are used in jams, desserts, potpourris, perfumes, and even traditional medicines. The pollen or fragrance of Rugosa roses may cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Wildlife and Ecology

Both humans and animals enjoy eating the red hips of a Rugosa Rose bush.  Most commonly, the fruit is eaten by birds, but may also be reached by deer, bear, and other mammals on the ground. While attracting many species that people enjoy seeing, the Rugosa Rose bush still manages to also be pest-resistant.

Common Issues with Rosa Rugosa

Like all rose species, Rosa Rugosa may be subject to black spot, stem canker, and other common ailments. Of course, Rosa Rugosa is generally regarded as being among the tougher rose plants and will typically only grow fungus in overly wet conditions.

Rosa Rugosa bushes may also be the subject of infestations from aphids, beetles, borers, and more. Although these will rarely kill the plant, shots with a garden hose and the occasional insecticide typically do the trick.

Rosa Rugosa Facts

Due to its ability to thrive and grow in many different conditions, the Rosa Rugosa plant is actually considered a noxious weed as well as an invasive species in some parts of the world. Ironically, the species is considered endangered in its native home country of China as it continues to propagate around the world.

Contact Us Today Or Buy Online

If you are ready to get started with your Rugosa Rose Bush order, check our current stock that is available to purchase. We ship directly from our farms in Free Soil, Michigan with full service to the contiguous United States. Orders from Canada, Hawaii, or Alaska may be possible with additional shipping costs. Contact us today if you have any questions about your next wholesale or retail Rugosa Rose bush shipment.