Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m) 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m) 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m) 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) 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) 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: Light yellow (ly)
Bloom Shape: Double
Flower Fragrance: No fragrance Slightly Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Habit: Trained to climb Trained on pillar Trained as rambler
Patent Information: Non-patented
Other Details: Stems are nearly thornless
Pruning Instructions: Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering
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)
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings By grafting By budding
On Apr 5, 2013, littlerockgal from Little Rock, AR wrote:
I have had good luck with the Lady Banks Yellow Rose grown in a pot for a couple of years, but, unfortunately, a bad freeze did her in.
I planted a new small rose bush in late spring last year - it had a few yellow blooms on it. I have taken good care of it through the year and was so looking forward to having blooms this spring. The date is April 5 and lots of green leaves, but absolutely no blooms...I was so disappointed.
It looks very healthy; I just don't understand why it didn't bloom. If anyone can shed some light on this for me, I would appreciate a comment...
On Feb 13, 2012, joyceg41 from Corning, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
I have had this plant for several years and love it! It blooms and grows and grows. the local I-5 entrance and exit ramps to the highway have them growing as large bushes. beautiful!! I had 2 but had to remove one so my b-i-l could build onto house. so now i have one that is growing up the side of my deck, on the lattice and just keeps going. I love it as it provides good shade and lots of home for the the birds. My friend got me interested and I picked them up at the local nursery here in Corning and never regretted one branch of it. In fact, thinking of picking up another one. joyceg41
This hardy rosebush made it through our two-year-long drought with no trouble, and, after a rainy spring, it burst out with even more beautiful yellow blossoms than ever. Needs no watering or fertilizer to thrive, and would be suitable for xeriscaping. Love this plant!
On May 10, 2010, nogottarancho from Maricopa, AZ wrote:
have three of these in my yard and they are excellent plants. we do fertilize every six weeks during growing season...March to October...zone 9a or 9b depending on what reference one is looking at.
I would like to take exception the 12 foot circumference trunk as I have been to the museum in Tombstone many times and it does look like it is about 12 inches in cir.
the bush is layered over itself many times, cris-crossing many times. You have to climb a stair and over look the bush. Very beautiful. They do sell this rose there but, alas, the bush is from a nursery in Tucson (origination of all bushes in US come from the mother bush in Tombstone according to museum curator)
I have provided pics of my Lady Banks or "Tombstone Roses" as we call them in AZ. The white variety seem to be more robust and have larger blossoms.
On May 10, 2010, schnauzerluver from Vidor, TX wrote:
Everyone here is saying they are yellow or white. I have a Lady Banks climber that is a very soft purple. I have had her for about 5 years now and this is the first year she has bloomed and she is beautiful.
The first year that I had her,she was in a pot, I was hoping to train her on a wooden swing then we had Rita (hurricane). I had thought the hurricane killed her, but did not give up on her,she lost all leaves and was just a stalk. I kept her in the pot and nursed her back, then i put her in the ground about 2years ago and like I said this is her first bloom . I am thinking the really cold winter that we had down here may have had something to do with it. I do not know if winter plays a part in rose blooming or not.
This is definetly my favorite rose, and I am real happy she finally bloomed, it was worth the wait.
On May 10, 2010, JosephineSally from Garden Valley, CA wrote:
I have several of these roses growing up a steep bank. They're all about 30 years old and are hugh. They have been beautiful the last 10 years. Last year we had a late freeze and did not get a single bloom. This year this is a lot of dead looking wood and very few flowers. The flowers are high on the hill and appear to be from rooted branches since they have a center from which all branches are spaying out of. Should I prune the older plants heavily once the blooms are spent? Would an arborist be the one to hire to do this job as there is no way a person could get up the steep bank to prune, they will have to use a cherry picker. Thanks for any suggestions. Josie
On May 10, 2010, Zorr007 from Alexandria, VA wrote:
I have a yellow Lady Banks growing next to a six foot fence which protects it from winter winds. It covers three eight foot sections of fence and is 20 feet or more up into a maple tree. I prune the canes that invade the lawn. Absolutely low maintenance!
On Apr 16, 2010, petigru from Central, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
We have a yellow Lady Banksia Rose (_Rosa banksiae lutea_) that has climbed about three stories into a slash pine tree (_Pinus elliottii_). This thornless, evergreen rose spreads widely from top to bottom; and at present (4-16-09) is covered with clusters of thousands of lovely, slightly fragrant, light yellow blooms. It's been growing in our garden for about thirty years, and I've never seen it prettier than it is this year. We're in USDA Zone 7b, and the Lady Banksia Rose is perfectly at home here. It is the glory of our garden, blooming just as the wisteria passes its peak and the azaleas rise to their zenith.
On Aug 30, 2007, cota85 from Orange Park, FL wrote:
I live in the Jacksonville Florida area and have had great success with all four of my Lady Banks rose plants.
My wife and I were in Charleston S.C. and were down in the very old section of town by the river when we saw a Lady Banks in full bloom with three colors, thats right 3 colors, (white, yellow and pink.) My wife fell in love with its smell and flower size so we had to get ONE but ended up getting four, great another ONE plant for me to deal with in our backyard garden.
Planted one on the inside of a south facing fence, the next on the east side of our house under the eaves, mistake on that one, the third one was planted on the inside of a southwest facing fence, the last one was planted on the other side of out house on the outside of a southwest facing fence.
Okay, now plants one, two, and four are growing great and nothing was added to the poor soil we have in my neighborhood, also all three of these needs major trimming.
The 3rd one was not doing real great so I got ambitious and replanted it after it finished blooming this year to the same fence as plant one. I got scared because it lost of its leaves and looked deader than a doornail. kept it on a water cycle of every couple of days and about a month later it finally stared to put out new leaves and is looking better every day. Really don't care if it does not bloom next spring as I know that it will do its thing in time.
Lastly if you want to pot this plant in a cedar or other wooden box, DON'T. The roots from plant three, under the eaves, have grown thru the bottom of the box and now that plant is unmovable.
On Mar 16, 2007, bonediggers from Gladewater, TX wrote:
We bought our place in 1998 and the Lady Banks roses were already here. The lovely vining branches grow up and into a nearby Pin Oak tree, well over 20 feet tall. The first blooms for this year appeared earlier this week and in a few days it will be simply gorgeous! I'll upload some pictures of the flowers when they're really going wild.
I highly recommend this if you want a climber that requires little to no care. I haven't even pruned ours but will this year. It's a consistent, easy care, and pretty rose.
On Feb 21, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
What a lovely rose.. it was on my wish list and my heart jumped when by chance I saw it early spring at a big box store last year. I have planted three of them around my children's play set with hopes that it will eventually engulf the entire top and give the entire wooden play set a very cottage feel. It is thornless, so perfect for the play area.. Just love it. I will post pictures once it gets going as I want it to.
Class: Species, Climber
Bloom: Light yellow
Size: 20 ft. tall
Introduced: Parks, 1824
A light yellow version of the Lady Banks rose. Small buttery yellow blooms cover this rampant climber in early spring. With thornless foliage that is evergreen in mild climates, this rose is great for covering a fence, pergola, or climbing a tree. Unlike the Lady Banks rose, Yellow Lady Banks has no fragrance, but it is a show-stopper nonetheless. Zones 8-9.
On Jun 25, 2006, keyi from Yukon, OK (Zone 7b) wrote:
I started with a small potted plant about 3 feet tall. I have to cut back tons each year to keep it from taking over the house. It grows into the eaves and through microscopic gaps around windows.
I am still giving it a positive, because it's not its fault I planted it next to the house. If it were planted on a gazebo or along a fence it would be awesome. It covers itself with fist sized clusters of little blooms in spring, that do have a mild aroma in my garden. The show lasts about 3 weeks, then you just get leaves the rest of the year. It stayed green all year the first 3 years, then lost all it's leaves this year (the mildest winter-go figure). The trimmed branches make great stakes for other plants.
On Mar 27, 2006, quilt from Olive Branch, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:
I too fell in love this plant when visiting my sister in Austin, TX 6 years ago in the spring. She has the white one's growing down the side of her house on a wood fence and they are beautiful. I came home to MS right outside of Memphis and started looking for one and last year found a yellow one and planted it and had beautiful blooms my first spring. Mine is planted on a trellis behind my brick mailbox and it is already over the mailbox and framing it. We had people stopping and asking "what is that plant"----We have had weather below 15 and covered with ice and snow this past winter and mine stayed green and is loaded with blooms (Mar. 27) and ready to put on a show. All we have done is give it a little food and made sure it was well mulched. My husband did prune it after it bloomed last year as it was taking over the driveway but as someone mentioned earlier it was soon after it was finished blooming. This is a great plant just wish it bloomed more than once but the wait is worth it.
On Apr 1, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
I interplanted my yellow Lady Banks rose with Cherokee Rose, which has a similar rambling growth habit that can also reach great heighths (to the tops of trees in my area in NE Fla). The two roses bloom about the same time. It is a very effective display with the combination of the small, "fluffy" yellow Lady Banks with the large, flat blooms of the Cherokee Rose.
On Mar 13, 2005, cheryldawn from Lakeland, FL wrote:
I read about this rose and really wanted one. So I did what what was advised against. Planted a yellow lady banks rose shrub today in a smallish area in my medium sized yard. It's just a little 2 foot bare root one right now. We might be buying five acres soon however and would transplant it or take cuttings from it.
On Feb 28, 2005, momomomo from Washington, TX wrote:
This is one of those rare plants that will do and can do anything you ask of it. It is very forgiving of mistakes, and if left alone with plenty of room, will be the highlight of your yard. We live in the country and my Lady Banks has the run of several trees and the space in between, and though I live 1/2 mile off the main highway, many people hunt us down to find out what kind of glorious "trees" we have that have such wondrous blooms. Get one and let it go (grow). You will never be sorry! Lady Banks is the Grand Dame of the Garden!
On May 30, 2004, angelam from melbourne Australia wrote:
I have the best of this plant. The house across the street has a splendid one over their carport. I can enjoy it in season and ignore it the rest of the time. However it is so beautiful when in flower, that if my neighbour ever removed his I'd have to find the space for it.
I first saw a yellow Lady Banks Rose(many, as a matter of fact) when they were in full bloom in Jackson, MS---Of course, I "had to have one" although I've never grown roses in my 66 years! Friends who did were always having to spray, fertilize and prune----too much trouble for a busy lady. After selecting a very small one at a reputable nursery, I couldn't wait to get home (Memphis) and plant it......even though I was told----"it will never grow that far north (200 miles)". When I planted it with no special prep work to the soil (west side), I NEVER expected that it would be so beautiful. Located on a brick wall to the house facing west, it is now about 7 feet tall with branches extended out into my back yard. Each year when it presents the tiny roses I mark my calender so I'll know when to expect them again! April 8 seems to be my lucky day!
I inherited my Lady Banks when we bought the house. It is about 50 years old, and grows intertwined with wisteria on a pergola on the east side of the house. Whatever the original planters did, they did it right, because the pair of plants bloom simultanously and people come down the alley just to stare into our back yard.
We are currently in a drought, as we were in 1950 when the pergola was built. Rose and wisteria seem to be thriving, despite a 5 year gap when no one took care of anything and the remainder of the yard died (we're gradually getting it back through drip irrigation and careful replacement).
Both plants are huge - the rose's main stem is about 4" in diameter - and I suspect a little pruning would benefit both the plants and the pergola. If anyone has advice about pruning the rose, I'd love to have it.
I saw all these entries in the south and california for Lady Banks rose and wanted to add my comments. I live in Seattle Washington and my Lady Banks rose is HUGE, even though it is only 4 years old now.
Its roots are in a protected corner of the yard and though it does lose its leaves in the winter (the lime green canes look great in a stark kind of way), come March they all come back again. It is now April and I have rafts of double yellow flowers. I was told it was scentless, but there is a faint sweet smell around its trellis, especially on warm evenings.
It survived a 18 degree cold snap this winter and was also covered in snow - it has responded by climbing over the carport.
On Mar 31, 2004, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
I have always had a Lady Banks rose where ever I lived, wonderful bloom that covers one of our buildings.
"In Search of Lost Roses" by Thomas Christopher has the following tale:
Mary Gee was a new bride in 1884 when her husband Henry moved from Scotland to Tombstone to supervise his company's mining interest. The young woman followed but she missed the cool, lush greenery of home. So she wrote to her parents for cuttings of the old white rose that grew in their garden. When the bits of rooted cane arrived in 1885, Mary planted one behind "Cochise House," the adobe boarding house where she and her husband had first stayed when they came to Tombstone. The American Rose Annual reported that this rose's trunk had reached a girth of ninety-five inches. Ripley's Believe It or Not and the Guiness Book of World Records took note of this floral monster, which now spreads its branches over eight thousand square feet to bear millions of blossoms annually.
On Dec 31, 2003, docaly from Albuquerque, NM wrote:
I planted this in my New Mexico xeriscape garden and trained it to grow up and over a pergola for a soft, cascading cover. This perennial is hardy in Zone 7. I did annual pruning and minimal care and fertilizing in Spring. Set on a twice-weekly drip (deep) watering cycle, it is very drought-tolerant, profuse with blooms for about 4 weeks and has a lovely scent. It can get away from you if not trained and somewhat constrained. It's important to plant in the right setting where there is plenty of room to spread out, such as an archway or along a wall or fence, and where it has plenty of sun. Mine was located on the southeast side where it got sufficient light, although my neighbor also had one planted on his east fence which was partly shaded, and it, too, was a profuse bloomer. Perhaps it just liked the soil mix... Either way, it was striking and one plant's bloom cycle that I really looked forward to each year. Birds, bees and butterflies loved it, too!
On Sep 8, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:
I'm familiar with this rose from my childhood on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and am considering planting it here in my northcentral Florida garden, (USDA Zone 8b). From my research, the folks at the Antique Rose Emporium in Texas indicated there are two colors, yellow ('Lutea') and white ('Alba Plena')
Rosa banksiae is a climber, eventually growing to about 20 feet tall, and is very long lived. It was named in honor of the wife of the "gifted amateur rosarian, Sir Joseph Banks", it has been known since 1807, has a lovely fragrance, kind of like violets. It's thornless, has no serious disease or insect problems.
Blooms massively in Spring with small, one inch flowers for up to six weeks. Not very hardy, use in zones 8 to 9 only, as may die below 15°F degrees. Deer don't like the plant and it is best used in a naturalistic garden setting.
From some other sources I've learned that there are also various types. The Sunset Book Roses says "the scentless double yellow form is more widely planted that the fragrant double white type." Also says it has green stems with narrow green leaves, and blooms in early Spring in mild winter areas.
Our area went down to 14°F degrees last winter (coldest winter on record), and this rose blooms very early, so is subject to late frosts, so I'm not sure yet if I will actually plant this very attractive rose.
On Sep 8, 2003, plantzperson from Zachary, LA wrote:
Here in south Louisiana, it grows very rampantly and needs a very large area to grow in to show to its best advantage.
Blooms here in early March and mine are always loaded down with lovely yellow blooms that have a faint, delicate scent. Prune immeadiately after flowers fall, later pruning will sacrifice next spring's flowers. But I have to continually prune some of the long green shooting spears cause they grow out over my driveway and interfere with the traffic. It looks wonderful grown up into a tree and many times down here it is planted in the middle of several tall posts or pipes, then trained up tall and then allowed to spill out and downward; that is when it looks the best. Very easy to root cuttings.
On Sep 7, 2003, pollybee from Spring, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have two Lady Banks Roses: one white, one yellow - planted together and they bloom beautifully (and fragrantly!) in the spring. It took them a few years, though - I had almost given up on them.
It is definitely NOT a rose for a formal garden. My only problem with this type of rose is knowing how and when to prune to control the rampant growth. I once pruned at just the wrong time and never saw a bloom that year, so be careful not to make that mistake.
On Sep 1, 2002, Azalea from Jonesboro, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Pretty pale yellow 1" blooms in spring. This plant should really be considered a climber, it has rose type leaves but no thorns or fragrence. The blooms do not have typical rose petals and blooms only for a couple of weeks in spring.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Auburn, Alabama Clayhatchee, Alabama Jasper, Alabama Mobile, Alabama (2 reports) Moores Mill, Alabama Valley Grande, Alabama Maricopa, Arizona Mesa, Arizona Queen Creek, Arizona Sierra Vista Southeast, Arizona Little Rock, Arkansas (2 reports) Bonsall, California Boulder Creek, California Corning, California Eureka, California Garden Valley, California Georgetown, California Martinez, California Merced, California Murrieta, California Oak View, California Palo Alto, California San Anselmo, California San Clemente, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Vallejo, California Bellair-meadowbrook Terrace, Florida Ensley, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Lake City, Florida Lynn Haven, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Augusta, Georgia Bibb City, Georgia Carrollton, Georgia Guyton, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Martinez, Georgia Nicholson, Georgia Barbourville, Kentucky Baton Rouge, Louisiana Brownsville-bawcomville, Louisiana Coushatta, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Simmesport, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Columbus, Mississippi Ava, Missouri Newark, New Jersey Columbus, New Mexico La Luz, New Mexico Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, New Mexico Roswell, New Mexico Belville, North Carolina Bogue, North Carolina Burgaw, North Carolina East Bend, North Carolina Greenville, North Carolina Holden Beach, North Carolina Huntersville, North Carolina Marion, North Carolina Winston-salem, North Carolina Tulsa, Oklahoma Yukon, Oklahoma Centerville, South Carolina Central, South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina Conway, South Carolina Florence, South Carolina Lincolnville, South Carolina Loris, South Carolina Pineville, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina (2 reports) Anderson, Texas Anderson Mill, Texas Austin, Texas (3 reports) Briarcliff, Texas Clarksville City, Texas Corpus Christi, Texas Cypress, Texas Dallas, Texas Desoto, Texas Ferris, Texas Houston, Texas (2 reports) Kerrville, Texas Lasana, Texas Noonday, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas Rockport, Texas Rose City, Texas Rowlett, Texas San Antonio, Texas Sanger, Texas Shenandoah, Texas Sugar Land, Texas Waco, Texas Washington, Texas West Odessa, Texas Westworth Village, Texas Alexandria, Virginia Heathsville, Virginia Richmond, Virginia Anacortes, Washington Bell Hill, Washington Seattle, Washington