China rose

Rosa × odorata 'Mutabilis'

China rose - Rosa × odorata  'Mutabilis'

Common Name: China rose
Genus: Rosa
Species: × odorata
Cultivar: 'Mutabilis'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Orange, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Green, PurpleFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: can be grown as a shrub or climber

Large cupped single flowers over 6cm across change from warm orange-yellow to copper-pink before near-red petals fall. The rich purple new growth sets off the single flowers beautifully. A stunning shrubby China rose with sparsely prickly stems and flowers from summer through to autumn. It looks great planted in a sunny border or can even be grown as a small climber against a wall or fence.

  • Garden care: Before planting shorten thick roots to 25cm (10in) and reduce top-growth to an outward-facing bud 8-15cm (3-6in) above ground-level. Plant during a frost-free spell incorporating well-rotted organic matter and a balanced fertiliser into the planting hole. Ensure that the 'bud union' (the bulge at the base of the shoots) is 2.5cm (1in) below the soil.

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