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Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis'

Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' Photo/Illustration: Todd Meier

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' ROE-sah chin-EN-sis Synonyms: R. 'Mutabilis', R. x odorata 'Mutabilis' , R. 'Tipo Ideale', R. turkestanica Genus: Rosa
This beauty is prized for the unusual qualities of its flowers, which bloom continuously from spring until frost. The single cupped flowers open a honey-yellow, then they become coppery-pink, then watermelon, and finally a rich mahogany. The foliage is reddish purple, disease-resistant, and is evergreen in warm climates. This rose can be treated as a shrub or trained as a climber, reaching 10 feet high and 6 feet wide.
Noteworthy characteristics: While it is considered a China rose, the origins of this hybrid are a mystery. It is suitable as a specimen or an informal hedge, or grown in mixed borders or containers. 
Care: Grow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Provide good air circulation and remove fallen leaves to help prevent disease.  While dormant in late winter or early spring, prune lightly or back by up to 1/3, reducing side shoots by 1/2 to 1/3. To renovate, prune one in four or five shoots from the base.
Propagation: Take softwood cuttings when bloom initiates in spring to summer; take hardwood cuttings in fall.
Problems: Aphids, leafhoppers, spider mites, scale, caterpillars, sawfly larvae, cane borers, Japanese beetles, rose stem girders, rose midges, rose slugs, rose chafers, leaf-cutting bees, black spot, rust, powdery mildew, crown gall, canker, dieback, downy mildew, viruses.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Flowers; Showy Flowers; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Fall; Spring; Summer
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Orange/ Salmon Flower; Pink Flower; Red Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Hedge, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Trellis
Style Cottage Garden, Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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