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PlantFiles: Shrub Rose
Rosa 'Carefree Beauty'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Carefree Beauty
Additional cultivar information: (Buck Roses Collection, Earth Kind, aka BUCbi, Audace, Katy Road Pink, PP4225)
Hybridized by Buck; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1977

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)

Bloom Color:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very 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
Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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11 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Aug 26, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A great landscape performer over a wide range of climates---tough, hardy, vigorous, prolific, and very disease resistant. Bloom is plentiful and nearly continuous. This is the most popular of Griffith Buck's creations, and it's an ancestor of all the new sustainable, disease-resistant roses like Knockout.

Buds are high-centered, like a hybrid tea, but like many Buck roses they open out flat too quickly to make good cut flowers. They are self-cleaning, dropping their petals before they turn brown. Flowers are large and informal. They are only mildly fragrant.

Very similar to 'Earth Song', which Rose Society members around here tend to prefer, because of its fuller flowers.

Habit is upright and growth is vigorous. This should be hard pruned in early spring, or it may get too tall and topple under its own weight. It can be tree-like in form, as it doesn't often produce new major stems from the base.

Highly blackspot tolerant---in Boston Z6a, this never needs fungicide sprays if appropriately sited (full sun and good air circulation).

This was one of the first roses named to the Earthkind program, for roses that perform well at Texas A&M under a sustainable care regimen (low maintenance with no pesticides). One of 24 roses that "passed the test" in Longwood Garden's Ten-Year Rose Trials. And recommended by U of Minnesota for its hardiness and health.

In September 1998, the Montreal Botanical Garden (Le Jardin Botanique de Montreal) carried out a survey of its roses' resistance to black spot, powdery mildew and rust. This is one of the outstanding varieties which showed a 0% to 5% infection rate.

Positive dontruman On Nov 11, 2010, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:

Blooms heavily in the spring and fall in south Texas with smaller flushes in between. Blossoms are around four inches across. They don't last long on the bush but the volume of flowers more than compensates. Designated an "Earth-Kind" rose by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Texas A&M University.

Positive abken On Apr 17, 2010, abken from New Orleans, LA wrote:

"Carefree" says it all. Only problem is very vigorous growth, so pretty you hate to cut it back but it responds very well to pruning. Mine isn't as intensely fragrant as some describe. Older blooms show an occasional pale central streak on petals. Good rose.

Positive birder17 On Feb 8, 2010, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this rose. The medium pink flowers are gorgeous. My rose has no fragrance. I read all the comments and no one said their rose was "very fragrant". In the description above, it says the rose is very fragrant. I think this is misleading. It's the only rose I have that is not fragrant, but I allow it a special place as it blooms all the time and is so pretty and well..."carefree"! It bloomed until mid December this year: first hard freeze. (Zone 6)
If you leave the blooms on from August on, you will have nickle sized orange rose hips and nice winter interest addition.

Neutral Joan On Jul 11, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 4225 has expired
Positive TABatPSU On Nov 10, 2008, TABatPSU from Bellefonte, PA wrote:

These roses were at my house when I bought it in 2001. The home was built in 1978. They are very hardy and bloom at least twice a year with hundreds of roses on the shrub along with a light fragrance. I get so many compliments! My home was destroyed by fire in March 2008 so I insisted that we cut the shrubs down low and dig them up. I am hoping to replant them in the next few weeks when the new house is finally finished (late fall 2008). I pray that they survive the transplant and have debated on keeping them in a tub with ground soil in the garage for the winter since winters can be very harsh in Central PA.

Positive soulgardenlove On Feb 19, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

From's list of carefree roses by Mary C. Weaver:

'Carefree Beauty': This shrub rose's hybridizer, Dr. Griffith Buck of Iowa State University, once said it needed "no more care than a peony." Like all of Buck's roses, 'Carefree Beauty', introduced in 1977, is tough and cold-hardy. Its large semidouble pale-rose flowers are lightly fragrant, and the plant is reliably reblooming. The small olive-green leaflets have excellent disease-resistance. Hardy to Zone 4 or 5. Vigorous, upright and spreading, reaching a height of 5 to 6 feet.

Positive beatfive On Oct 2, 2006, beatfive from Fredericksburg, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This rose is also known as Katy Road Pink and I have found it to be very disease resistant and really does double-time in blooming its brains out. In my opinion Katy is a must have rose for your garden with outstanding low maintenance, but does need a hair-cut once in a while.

Positive vossner On Jun 5, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

absolutely problem free and blooms a lot

Positive Gindee77 On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is one of the cleanest roses in my garden. It never gets any disease and blooms all the time. It's a rich pink color and although it has no fragrance, it's one of my favorite roses. It comes thru winter very well in zone 5.

Positive yayaqueen On Jun 6, 2004, yayaqueen from Harker Heights, TX wrote:

I found 3 carefree beauty shrub roses at the season-end sale last November at a local nursery here in central TX zone 8 for just $4 each, so I adopted them. They had been in 1-gallon black plastic pots for nearly a full year and were struggling with roots trying to escape out the drainage holes. I plunked them into my wheelbarrow full of water and gave all 3 a major pruning to about 10 inches left on each of the 4 largest stems. Then I gave them all new homes along our side fence in full afternoon sun (shaded in the morning by our pecan tree) in deep holes filled with half composted cow manure and half bagged topsoil. It's the first week of June and they're working on their 3rd full flush of gorgeous blooms and their growth has been magical. Get some of these carefree, pest and disease resistant beauties today!

Positive springlover On Jun 4, 2004, springlover from Franklin, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have had this rose for about 7 years. It is disease resistant, does well in zone 5, no special care.
Carefree Beauty handles pruning like that of a climber. "She" can get a bit unruly sometimes and take over the bed she is in. Due to extended snow/cold this year, I had to trim her back to about 12" without damage. In fact she looks stronger than ever.
Canes are covered with medium thorns, leaf is pale green and petals are a soft pink

Neutral Paulwhwest On Jun 3, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in the United States. Makes a good hedge.

Seed: [ (Applejack x Dean Collins) x (Queen Elizabeth x Independence) ] x Improved Lafayette
Pollen: Prairie Princess


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

Hampton, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
South Amana, Iowa
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Portland, Maine
Roslindale, Massachusetts
West Roxbury, Massachusetts
Franklin, Michigan
Andover, Minnesota
Jackson, Missouri
Kirksville, Missouri
Jamesville, New York
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas
Harker Heights, Texas
Joshua, Texas
Katy, Texas
Kurten, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Richmond, Virginia
Little Chute, Wisconsin

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