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Rosa banksiae, Lady Banks Rose

Rosa banksiae

Lady Banks Rose
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: China
Vine or creeperFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Lady Banks Rose is well known in mild climates for its vigorous growth, evergreen foliage, and mostly thornless stems. It is found in four main forms: white or yellow, single or double. The clean, shiny foliage is handsome throughout the year, and the spectacular spring flower display is memorable. To hold its large size, the strong support of a pergola or arbor is required, but this species has also been trained into trees to great effect. It will also work well as a large scale bank cover. Rosa banksiae Lutea is said to be the hardiest form of the species, and can be grown in England, but requires plenty of warm and sun in order to do well. The Yellow Lady Banks Rose is non-fragrant, evergreen rose with long, narrow lancelot leaves. This Rose blooms on 2nd and 3rd year wood so keep dead canes and older growth pruned out. It will do well in poor soils and is insect, and disease resistant. It may be propagated in the spring from softwood cuttings. One specimen of Rosa banksiae in Tombstone, Arizona is listed in Guinness' Book of World Records as the worlds largest rose tree at 113 years, and measures 70 feet long.

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