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PlantFiles: Macartney Rose
Rosa bracteata

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: bracteata (brak-tee-AY-tuh) (Info)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Bloom Color:
White (w)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Trained to climb
Trained on pillar

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Stems are very thorny
Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:
Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By simple layering
By air layering

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Reynardine On Jan 26, 2013, Reynardine from Lake Helen, FL wrote:

I brought a slip of this plant home from an empty lot in Cassadaga in 1996, knowing only that this was some kind of rose. But this is Sleeping Beauty's rose, the White Rose of Heraldry, ferocious, indomitable, quite nearly everblooming. Shy of fragrance, when she releases it, it is the scent of southern magnolia, and the flowers themselves are magnolias in miniature. The local race clothes the young canes and new rosebuds in pale green velvet- and in the velvet gloves, what steel claws! I call her The Dominatrix, and that she is. I am happy to have her...I just wish I had planted her in a whiskey barrel or something...

Neutral frostweed On Dec 27, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Macartney Rose Rosa bracteata is naturalized in Texas and other States and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.

Neutral bettydee On Aug 3, 2005, bettydee from La Grange, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This evergreen rose has some positive as well as negative traits. Introduced from China to England in 1793. It has naturalized and thrives in southeastern U.S., growing from Virginia to Florida to Texas. The 2 - 3" white 5 -petaled flower is slightly fragrant. The pistils are surrounded by several hundred golden stamen, an outstanding combination. The leaves are divided into 7 - 9 leaflets. This distinguishes it from a similar looking rose: Cherokee Rose, Rosa laevigata, which has 3 leaflets. The vicious thorns are strong. This rose can be very invasive and is difficult to get rid of. Like other members of the rose family, such as dewberries, and blackberries, this rose will resprout from root sections left in the ground. There are a few hybrids of this rose.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake Helen, Florida
La Grange, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas

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