Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' (Rosaceae)
(RO-za chi-NEN-sis mew-TAB-eh-lis)
China Rose is the vigorous parent of many of today's hybrid roses and seems thankfully resistant to the diseases that plague its highly-bred progeny. The remarkable thing about this variety is the way the 2" single flowers change from buff to apricot to dark pink as they age, so one shrub will be decorated with all three colors at once! China Rose blooms sporadically from spring into fall, with heavy flowering in late spring; fragrance is similar to that of a Tea Rose. New foliage and stems are a beautiful, deep red on a 4-6' semi-evergreen, rounded shrub. One source indicates hardiness to zone 6, but plant in a protected location.
Bloom color: apricot to pink
Bloom period: mid-spring and fall
Container size: Gal.