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Rosa × odorata 'Mutabilis' (Ch) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Rose or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink, Red and Yellow in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn and Summer
Purple in Spring

Stem

Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

tea rose 'Mutabilis'

Family

Rosaceae


Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits

China roses are slender bushes with almost thornless stems bearing glossy foliage and single or double, sometimes fragrant flowers intermittently in summer and autumn

'Mutabilis' is a small shrub of open, lax growth, with purplish young foliage and almost thornless stems. Single flowers 6cm in width open buff-yellow, ageing to pink and crimson

Synonym(s)

  • Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis'
  • Rosa 'Mutabilis'
  • Rosa 'Tipo Ideale'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in an open site with full sun and moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring. Tolerant of some shade and poor soils. Suitable for hedging

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 17 (roses)

Pests

Aphids, leafhoppers, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars and rose leaf-rolling sawfly may be a problem. Rabbits and deer can cause damage

Diseases

May be subject to black spot, rose rust, powdery mildews and a downy mildew