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PlantFiles: Wingthorn Rose
Rosa sericea

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: sericea (ser-ee-KEE-uh) (Info)
Registered or introduced: 1890

Synonym:Rosa omeiensis var. pteracantha
Synonym:Rosa sericea var. pteracantha
Synonym:Rosa omeiensis

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
White (w)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are moderately thorny
Sets hips

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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1 positive
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive balvenie On Jan 6, 2007, balvenie from Marysville, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I had grown this beautiful rose for several years. It was one of over a hundred varieties when I had a rose garden, and survived many cold winters when most of the others had expired. Its hardiness and disease resistance is amazing. In our small yard it tended to get too big and was moved to a friends acreage, where it is a star performer.

Neutral gooley On Nov 28, 2006, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Deer defoliated mine and killed it so I can't say how well it's doing. It was growing quite nicely in typical north Florida conditions (hot, muggy, rainy, lousy acid soil, so-so drainage) until Bambi made it into snack food. I would love to try crossing it with other thorny roses to see what happens: if it produces hips readily that might be helpful, though there are such things as hips crammed with sterile seeds...

Neutral saya On Nov 16, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Delicate fern-like foliage. Spectacular and beautiful thorns that glow like rubies in the morning and evening light. The flowers are small, single, white and are followed by red hips. It only blooms once in May/June. This Rosa was imported from China in 1890.


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

San Leandro, California
Marysville, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Renton, Washington
Ridgefield, Washington

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