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Rosa 'Complicata' (G)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Rose

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink and White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

rose 'Complicata'

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

Gallica roses are compact, prickly shrubs with dull green foliage and generally fragrant, single to double flowers in small clusters in mid-summer

'Complicata' is a strong-growing medium-sized shrub with bright green foliage on thorny stems and single, slightly scented, bright rose-pink, white-centred flowers to 11cm in width, with conspicuous yellow stamens

Synonym(s)

  • Rosa gallica 'Complicata'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in full sun with moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring and a balanced fertiliser again in early summer. Tolerant of poor sandy soils and a north aspect. Can be used as a climbing or pillar rose, or tall hedge

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn or by budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Cut Flowers, Flower borders and beds, Wall-side Borders or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 23 (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