Rosa 'Schneekoppe' SNOW PAVEMENT
Common Name: hybrid rugosa rose
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Rosaceae
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 1.50 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to frost
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Fruit: Showy
Other: Thorns


Best grown in medium moisture, slightly acidic, well-drained garden loams in full sun. Tolerates some light shade, but best flowering and disease resistance generally occur in full sun. Water deeply and regularly (mornings are best). Avoid overhead watering. Good air circulation promotes vigorous and healthy growth and helps control foliar diseases. Summer mulch helps retain moisture, keeps roots cool and discourages weeds. Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Crowns may need some winter protection in cold winter climates such as the St. Louis area. Remove and destroy diseased leaves from plants, as practicable, and clean up and destroy dead leaves from the ground around the plants both during the growing season and as part of a thorough cleanup during winter (dormant season). Prune as needed in late winter to early spring.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Pavement Series roses are compact, low-growing rugosa roses that are typically grown in beds or borders as ground covers or along paths or sidewalks as low hedges/edging. They are repeat bloomers and are noted for their excellent vigor and disease resistance. A limited number of Pavement Series roses are also sold in tree rose form. ‘Snow Pavement’ typically grows 2.5’ tall with a dense, upright, rounded habit. Fragrant, double white flowers bloom in May with respectable repeat bloom throughout the summer into autumn. Flowers open blush pink but gradually change to white. Large and showy rose hips appear in autumn. Dark green foliage. From Germany. Baum, 1986. Additional named cultivars in the Pavement Series of roses come in white, pink, purplish-pink, red and purplish-red rose colors.


Roses are susceptible to a large number of diseases, the most common of which are black spot, powdery mildew and rust. Although good cultural practices are the first line of defense in disease control, regular preventative fungicide applications throughout the growing season may be required, particularly in humid climates with regular rainfall such as the St. Louis area. SNOW PAVEMENT reportedly has good disease resistance. Potential insect problems include aphids, beetles, borers, scale, thrips, rose midges, leafhoppers and spider mites.

Garden Uses

This rose may be grown as a small accent or in small groups in beds, borders or foundations. Also very effective as a small hedge or edger along paths or walkways. Also may be grown as small area ground cover.