Gardening in Tucson, Phoenix, and the Desert Southwest

Rosa banksiae: Lady Banks' Rose

Description
Form: A climbing, sprawling vine-like shrub.
Duration: Perennial.
Leaf retention: Semi-evergreen to cold deciduous.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Mature Size: 12-20' long.
Flowers: Medium-small, white or yellow, in large clusters with slight fragrance.
Bloom: Mid-winter or spring.
Fruit: Insignificant.
Leaves: To 2.5in long, glossy green, 3-5 leaflets per leaf.
Stems: Slender, arching branches. Some varieties have thorns.
Roots: Extensive.
Wildlife: May attract butterflies.
Toxic / Danger: Possible thorns.
Origin: China.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-10.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water once established: Once a month. More often in hottest parts of year for better appearance.
Soil: Well drained. Tolerant otherwise, but benefits from enriched soil.
Prune: Only dead wood and that necessary to keep in bounds or to shape. Blooms on 2- and 3-year-old wood, so anything cut is blooms lost.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Cuttings or layering.
Uses: Ornamental. Screen on trellis or wall. Groundcover or erosion control on banks and slopes.

Comments
Another common name is Tombstone Rose.




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