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Shrub Rose 'Royal Bonica'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Royal Bonica
Additional cultivar information:(PP8840; aka MEImodac)
Hybridized by Meilland
Registered or introduced: 1994
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

Bloom Color:

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

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

Golden Lake,

Huntsville, Alabama

Macy, Indiana

Moundridge, Kansas

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Rochester, New York

Abington, Pennsylvania

Bremerton, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 5, 2016, DebraLLL from Bremerton, WA wrote:

Planted Royal Bonica almost 20 years ago! They are amazing shrub roses that have needed very little care since I stopped watering them 18years ago. They are in a fairly harsh Pacific Northwest Marine microclimate in a southern rock wall beds facing Puget Sound in WA. I wish I could upload a picture ! Everyone that walks by comments on the roses. I mixed my planting with the J&P Bonica. Slightly different colored foliage and petals but made a perfect biodiverse planting, along with Lavender Grosse and Shasta Daisy Becky.


On Oct 19, 2010, willowwind from Moundridge, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

This rose is one of my absolute favorites. Beautiful pink color and incredibly long lasting first flush of bloom. Continues to bloom for me through the summer, though not nearly as heavily, then a little more in the fall. Forms nice hips as well. I've never had even the slightest disease problems with it, and it handles our zone 6 winters without protection, although it is near the house. Mine has even grown for the last several years in mostly shade without seeming to have any decreased vigor.