Rosa rugosa Rubra (Red Ramanas Rose)
|Price £ each (ex. VAT)|
Bareroot from November to April
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This lovely rose is much under-rated as a garden and landscape plant. Its spiny stems and large rough-textured leaves quickly form a dense barrier, making it a good informal hedge which only needs pruning once a year in early spring. The large, bowl-shaped flowers with their mass of golden stamens are heavily scented and the crab apple-sized dark red hips are highly ornamental. It is disease resistant and has excellent wildlife value.
Site and soil
Does well on almost any soil, but especially poor sandy soils. Wind and salt tolerant; good in coastal sites.
Height and spread
After 10 years: 1.5m x 1.5m
After 20 years 1.5m x 1.5m
Leaf and bark
The leaves are rough and wrinkled, heavily veined and composed of 7-9 leaflets. They change to rich golden yellow before leaf fall in autumn. The bark is pale green, darkening to buff, and densely covered with spines.
Flower, seed and fruit
The bowl-shaped single flowers are 8-10cm across, and carmine-pink with a mass of golden stamens in the centre. They are heavily scented. The large fleshy dark red fruits enclose a large number of hairy seeds.
The Ramanas Rose makes an excellent informal hedge and is good for landscaping, especially in urban areas. It creates a dense barrier where access needs to be denied to humans and animals. In its native Japan it is used to stabilise sand dunes. The hips are a source of vitamin C.
The flowers attract a range of insects, especially bees and hoverflies. Greenfinches and other birds feed on the hips.
To maintain a dense barrier and to prevent the plant from becoming leggy, the stems, or a proportion of them should be cut back to ground level in early spring.