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Rosa × odorata 'Mutabilis' (Chinese Rose)

China Rose, Butterfly Rose 'Mutabilis', Rosa chinensis, Rosa chinensis var. mutabilis, Rosa turkestanica, Rosa x odorata, Rosa 'Tipo Ideale'


A kaleidoscope of colored petals, Rosa × odorata 'Mutabilis' (Chinese Rose) is a small shrub with slightly fragrant, large, cupped, single flowers, over 2 in. across (6 cm), opening warm buff-yellow, changing to copper-pink before turning crimson. Purplish when young, the mid-green foliage sets off the colorful blossoms beautifully. Vigorous and almost thornless, this Chinese Rose blooms from summer through to fall. The bush will be covered in flower for about eight weeks from spring to summer and, after a brief rest, will be back with more flower flushes until first frost. Among the most floriferous of all roses, it is perfect for the sunny border and can be grown as a flowering hedge.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 3-6 ft. tall (90-180 cm) and 2-5 ft. wide (60-90 cm). An excellent choice for hedges and screens and beds and borders.
  • Best grown in full sun, in rich, fertile with adequate moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerant of some shade and poor soils.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Plant Type Roses
Plant Family Rosa - Shrub Roses, Rosa - Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spacing 24" – 60" (60cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional 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
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Plant Type Roses
Plant Family Rosa - Shrub Roses, Rosa - Roses
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spacing 24" – 60" (60cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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