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Rosa rugosa 'rubra'

Hedge Plants
  • Wild, but not native. Very thorny, secure hedging.
  • Scented red-purple flowers & large rose hips.
  • Grows on chalk & the coast.
  • Max. Height: 3m
  • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
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Rosa Rugosa Rubra Hedging

Delivered by Mail Order Direct from our Nursery with a Year Guarantee

This is the red-purple flowering Ramanas rose; you can also buy the white flowering variety.
Rugosas are good for seriously thorny hedges up to about 2 metres high.

View our selection of thorny hedging or see our full range of hedging roses.
For a more ornamental garden variety, have a look at Roseraie De L'Hay.

Bareroot hedge plants are only delivered during winter (Nov-March).
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).

This red flowering Rugosa Rose is a wild Japanese variety, with densely packed, thorny stems that make a tough hedge. It has lush, healthy leaves, quite big, scented flowers and large, tomato & radish red rose hips that ripen by late summer. 
It is usually interplanted with the White Rugosa for a splash more colour. It will make a tough hedge by itself, but it's best to mix in some hawthorn or blackthorn for structure, which is easier to keep trimmed neat and square.

Spacing a Ramanas Rose hedge:

Plant your hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cm apart.
You can also plant at 5 plants per metre in a staggered double row, with 33 cm between each plant along the row and 40cm between the rows.

Did You Know?

These Japanese roses are also called Ramanas roses. In Japan, they are known as "Shore pears".

Planting Instructions

Growing Rosa rugosa Rubra plants:
These wild roses will grow on any well drained soils, including poorly fertile, sandy sites right by the coast and on chalky soil. They are suitable for clay soils in humid areas, but not for waterlogged places. Rose are generally shade tolerant, but won't flower much if they don't get enough sun.

Prepare your site before planting:
Native hedge plants like Rosa rugosa Rubra are very tough. The only essential preparation is to kill the weeds in a strip a metre wide along the planting site: improving the soil should not be necessary. If your soil is exceptionally poor and dry, then digging in some well rotted manure and/or compost is worthwhile.

Watch our video on how to plant a country hedge for full details.
Remember to water establishing plants during dry weather for at least a year after planting.

Hedge Planting Accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
You can buy a hedge planting pack with sheets of mulch fabric and pegs to hold it down.
If your soil quality is poor, we recommend using mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of new trees and shrubs.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.

After Care

After you have planted your Rosa rugosa Rubra hedge, the most important thing to do is water it in dry weather. You will also need to weed around the plants. Watering should be thorough, so the ground is soaked. Let the soil almost dry out before watering again. Watering & weeding will be necessary for at least a year after planting.

Trimming Country hedge plants:
Rosa rugosa Rubra is a vigorous, native hedging plant that benefits from being cut back hard right after planting, as shown in the country hedge planting video. In the following years, your young hedge should be trimmed lightly once in winter, until it is mature. When it is fully grown, you can clip it at anytime. Late winter is ideal.

Special notes on caring for Rosa rugosa Rubra hedges:
Rosa rugosa Rubra is a very tough hedge plant that shouldn't need special attention once it has established. If you didn't use a mulch fabric, it is beneficial to mulch around the base of the hedge each year.

Hygiene & Diseases:
Dead, damaged or diseased wood can be pruned off as soon as it appears.
Disinfect your pruning tools between every cut if there is any sign of disease.
Burn or dispose of any diseased material, do not compost it.