Japanese Rose, Rosa rugosa


Short description of Rosa rugosa, Japanese Rose

A multi-stemmed deciduous 'Dog Rose'. Stems with dense straight prickles of various sizes. Leaves wrinkled above, greyish-downy beneath. Flowers large, usually solitary and vivid purplish-pink. Hips large, red when ripe, somewhat flattened in profile and often drooping when ripe.

Description of Rosa rugosa, Japanese Rose status in GB

Japanese rose is a native of the northern Asian Pacific seaboard, widely naturalised in GB though rarely in upland areas.

Habitat summary: Rosa rugosa, Japanese Rose

In its native range, coastal dune grassland and scrub (especially yellow dunes), coastal vegetated shingle, free-draining acid grassland, and to a lesser extent tall-herb meadow communities, road verges and waste ground.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Russian Far East, China, Eastern Asia
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.74 (Monreith, Wigton)
Date of first record: 1917

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Martin Rand

Last updated:

October 3rd 2019

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