- Japanese rose
- Rosa rugosa
What’s the problem?
- Japanese rose is a non-native species which can quickly out compete native plants by forming dense thickets. The distribution of this species in the wild is increasing.
- There are legal implications if you allow the spread of this species onto neighbouring land and into the wild
- The plant is spread by seeds which are distributed by birds and mammals
- Listed as a Schedule 9 species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
- It is an offence to allow Japanese rose to spread onto adjacent land and into the wild
- Possible fines and prison sentence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
- It is not an offence to have Japanese rose on your land and you do not need to notify anyone of its presence
Soils containing Japanese rose are classified as controlled waste and should be disposed of at licensed landfill