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Rosa rugosa 'Henry Hudson'

Rosa rugosa 'Henry Hudson' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Rosa rugosa 'Henry Hudson' ROE-sah roo-GO-sah Genus: Rosa
'Henry Hudson' has flattened, symmetrical, semi-double, white flowers with a spicy clove scent. The dense and deep green foliage makes a fitting backdrop for this selection's reddish buds and ensuing cream-colored flowers. The blossoms don't drop cleanly, so deadheading is necessary. -Suzanne Verrier, No muss, no fuss rugosa roses, Fine Gardening issue #121
Noteworthy characteristics: Spicy, snow white flowers. Rugosa roses are listed as an invasive plant in some areas, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.
Care: Provide full sun, good air circulation, and fertile, well-drained soil. Top-dress with compost after planting and every subsequent spring and fall.
Propagation: Dig up suckers in fall and, with a sharp spade, cut the root that connects the sucker to the shrub as close to the mother plant as possible. Leave the sucker in place in the ground until early spring, by which time it will have developed its own root system. Transplant it to a more desirable location.
Problems: Japanese beetles, rose stem girdler, deer.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Fragrant Flowers; Showy Fall Foliage; Showy Flowers; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Spring; Late Summer; Spring; Summer
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Hedge, Screening, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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