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Rosa laevigata (Cherokee Rose)

Cherokee Rose, Three-Leaved Rose, Rosa sinica, Wild Roses, Shrub Roses


Rosa laevigata (Cherokee Rose) is a very large semi-evergreen rambling rose with a profusion of large, single, slightly fragrant, crisp white flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), adorned with a conspicuous bouquet of golden stamens. Blooming for weeks in late spring or early summer, the flowers are nicely displayed on the long, arching canes armed with recurved prickles. They stand out against the foliage of glossy dark green leaves made up of 3 finely toothed leaflets. The blossoms are followed by pear-shaped, bristly, brownish orange-red hips, 2 in. long (5 cm). Native to China, Rosa laevigata was brought to the U.S. in early colonial times and cultivated by Cherokee Indians, hence the common name. Evergreen in mild climates.

  • Blooms in one single flush in late spring to early summer.
  • Grows up to 6-20 ft. tall (180-600 cm) and 3-6 ft. wide (90-180 cm). May spread somewhat aggressively in certain parts of the southeastern U.S. It is listed as an invasive plant in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
  • Best grown in full sun, in fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates some light shade, but best flowering and disease resistance generally occur in full sun. Summer mulch helps retain moisture, keeps roots cool and discourages weeds. For best flowering, apply a balanced fertilizer and mulch in late winter or early spring. Protect from frost and cold drying winds.
  • This rambler is a good choice for wall-side borders, cottage gardens or Mediterranean gardens. It will quickly blanket arbors, arches, pergolas or other garden structures with its semi-evergreen foliage. Can be pruned into a 6 ft. (180 cm) shrub and grown as a sprawling free-standing shrub.
  • Cherokee Rose is usually not susceptible to the pests and diseases that affect many of the hybrid roses. However, it may be affected by black spot, powdery mildew, rust, aphids, beetles, borers, scale, thrips, rose midges and leafhoppers.
  • Rambling roses are routinely pruned in late summer, after their show of flowers and hips.
  • Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer or hardwood cuttings in the fall.
  • Native to China.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Climbers, Roses
Plant Family Rosa - Rambling Roses, Rosa - Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 20' (180cm – 6m)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Plant Type Climbers, Roses
Plant Family Rosa - Rambling Roses, Rosa - Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 20' (180cm – 6m)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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