Japanese rose Rosa rugosa

Status Non-native, invasive
Best Time to See
Habitat Coastal

An invasive, non-native species.

This distinctive rose species is very commonly grown in gardens and amenity planting, such as in parks and around retail centres. It produces white to pink flowers followed by large, orange or red hips that are attractive to birds. It has entered the wild through establishment from seed and through garden material being thrown out.

What's the problem?

It suckers freely and forms dense, wide reaching thickets that can out-compete native species. Its distribution in the wild is on the increase, and it’s especially frequent in coastal sites such as dunes, shingle banks and cliff tops where important native species can be at risk.

Rapid Risk Assessment

***** Critical Risk

This species is listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales therefore, it is also an offence to plant or otherwise cause to grow these species in the wild.