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Shrub Roses up to 1950
Rosa glauca.   Click a photo to enlarge it.  back to list

synonyms: Rosa rubrifolia,
Rosa glauca Mottisfont
Ref No: 1829
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colour: Strong Pink
height: Shrub above 5 feet (1.5 m)
scent: Slight or No Scent
introduction: 1826 - 1850
usda zone: Zone 4 (-27C/-16.6F to -33C/-27.4F)
flowers: Single
repeat: Once Flowering

Rosa glauca Pourr. syn. R. rubrifolia Vill. A tall shrub up to 9 feet (4m) with support normally with arching branches and few thorns, easily recognised by its very grey or sometimes purplish leaves and small pink flowers. Hips brownish red. Native of the mountains of central Europe, from the Pyrenees and Alps eastward to Poland, Romania and Albania, but not common. Introduced into cultivation before 1830, this rose has recently become very popular for its striking foliage colours; and Lens Roses in Belgium have produced many interesting forms. Much in demand for flower arranging, for its interesting foliage. Zone 5, will survive down to 25C

The second photograph shows the blue foliage and the excellent show of hips in the autumn.


Rosa glauca is available from the following nurseries:

Golden Vale Nursery -Australia
Rosenwelt Tantau -Germany
Belle Epoque Rozenkwekerijen -Netherlands
Tasman Bay Roses Ltd -New Zealand
Flora Linnea -Sweden
Vintage Gardens Antique Roses -United States
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