Shrub Rose 'Morden Sunrise'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Morden Sunrise
Additional cultivar information:(PP13969, Canadian Parkland Series)
Hybridized by Davidson
Registered or introduced: 2001
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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:

Yellow blend (yb)

Apricot and apricot blend (ab)

Orange pink (op)

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

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)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

San Jose, California

Rifle, Colorado

Plainfield, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Camden, Maine

Hutchinson, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

South Jordan, Utah(2 reports)

Plainfield, Vermont

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 15, 2021, SarahSummerSun from Longmont, CO wrote:

I have grown this rose in two locations in Colorado zone 5. In both locations, this rose was stunning and vigorous. Just drove past my old house, and Morden Sunrise was blooming like crazy right where I planted it! LOVE this rose!


On Oct 5, 2020, grammajan from Cambridge,
Canada wrote:

Writing from central Ontario.
I have six of these beauties, planted three years ago. They are now over five feet in height, and have bloomed nonstop through spring, summer and fall, since they were planted. I have not heavily pruned or winter protected them.
People walking by or driving down the street stop and take photos, and ask about them.
There has been no blackspot or mildew formed on them although trees and peonies nearby have both. The only problem I have experienced is with hordes of Japanese beetle, which seem singularly attracted to the blooms - leaving other nearby roses untouched (High Voltage, Molineux , Amber Flower Carpet). I pick the beetles off and drop them in soapy water, not wanting to damage pollinators but the blooms are ruined once the bugs ge... read more


On Jul 7, 2017, rosenutCO from Rifle, CO wrote:

I am surprised by the negative comments. This rose has been the delight of my garden for almost 10 years now! The pleasant yellow/apricot/pink ever-changing blooms begin in late spring and never stop. I have not had any black spot issues, but this is arid western Colorado, so it's not common here as far as I know. The plant has withstood my abuse--under-watering, over-watering, transplanting, being crowded by other perennials and weeds, and now even being shaded part of they day by my volunteer plum trees. We have temperature extremes here--very cold winters and very hot summers. Nothing stops this rose from bringing on a full palette of color every summer. I highly recommend it!


On Sep 5, 2016, anna171 from Tarrytown, NY wrote:

Pretty single flowers. The plant is not vigorous and quite susceptible to black spot. Will see how the first winter goes. If problems continue, will replace with the reliable, floriferous and undemanding Morden Blush


On Apr 16, 2011, Peonyann from Plainfield, IN wrote:

This is the best performing rose I've ever had. Absolutely no black spot or any other problem and 3 reliable blooming periods: spring, early summer, late summer or early fall. It has gone thru cold spring, no spring, wet spring, summer drought. The first bloom is the best and most prolific. Mine has grown to 5 feet and I get many, many compliments on it.


On Jul 8, 2010, Glenn3 from Camden, ME wrote:

First blooms are nice, but later ones sometimes small and misshapened. Look out for blackspot.


On Feb 4, 2010, kcs_mom from Noble County, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

My Morden Sunrise became one of my favorites just because it is easy to care for. I don't recall any blackspot on this rose, even though I had a touch of it on some others in my garden. I can't detect a smell on this flower, to me that is it's only weak spot.
Mine is planted in the windiest spot in my garden, blows right on it off of the lake. Maybe that is why it was disease free.
I also didn't get around to watering it's bed last year, dry leaves may have helped.


On Aug 11, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I had this Rose last year and pulled it out because of Black Spot and bought another this year and planted it because I loved the flowers. Next year if it doesn't come back I won't be heart broken.Why, because it is a everyday battle against that dreaded black spot it is extremely suseptable. I sprayed ,I gave it a systemic and even though I destroyed the bad leaves and did all that it still constantly got it. Not Worth It AT ALL.Plant something else.....


On May 12, 2007, vcheryle from Milwaukee, WI wrote:

This is by far my favorite rose. It's variance in color from first blooming to the spent blossom is fun to watch, although it's at it's best in my opinion at first. It reminds me of Betty Boop but less flashy and more exquisite with a delicate beauty. Mine had a lot of blackspot last summer, more than any other rose in my garden. It didn't get as much sun as it should've and more air circulation would've helped. She was definitely worth the blackspot battling that went on so much of the summer. *We have very humid summers here in southeastern WI, by the lake.


On Aug 21, 2006, greenjay from Centennial, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Smells like lemon-drop candy to me! This is one of my favorites based on the color (excellent) and scent.


On Jun 19, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

A beautiful, compact little rose bush. It dies back to the snowline every winter, but blooms in June from new growth and continues to bloom until frost.

A Canadian Parkland Series Rose