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Belle Poitevine - Hybrid Rugosa Rose

Belle Poitevine

Hybrid Rugosa. Bred by Bruant in France in 1894.
Use:
 
Shrub, Hedge, Specimen
Color:
 
Pink
Form:
 
Semi-Double
Fragrance:
 
Strong Sweet. Myrrh
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 3 - 9
Height & Width:
 
4 ft x 5 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Here is a case in which, if one can give up on flower form, one can pretty much get everything else. Belle Poitevine makes a beautiful, tightly branched shrub to four or five feet in every directiion. It produces rosy pink flowers throughout the season. Then at the end of the season, when the plant is covered with decorative oranbe hips, the leaves turn color with the rest of the fall foliage before dropping off for the winter. It withstands brutal winters, and is reputed to be completely hardy in zone 3. That's a remarkable feet. As is true of many rugosas it tolerates some shade. Even though it is cold hardy, it grows well in California. But as is true for most rugosas, very dry soil can kill the plant quickly.