Rugosa rose

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. February 2012.

Scientific name: Rosa rugosa Thunb.

Common name(s): rugosa rose, rugose rose, Japanese rose, Ramanas rose, Turkestan rose, beach rose

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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-erect branchy shrub

-grows to a height of 4-5 feet tall

-leaves are

  • compound
  • dark green

-stems are covered in thorns

-flowers have a diameter of 2-3 inches

  • white – purple
  • produce red hips

– some states consider this species as noxious or invasive

-withstands salt spray






Dickerson, John, and Chris Miller. “RUGOSA ROSERosa Rugosa Thunb.” Plant Fact Sheet , USDA, May 2002,