China, Bengale Rose, Earth Kind Rose 'Ducher'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ducher
Additional cultivar information:(aka Bengale Ducher)
Hybridized by Ducher
Registered or introduced: 1869
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

Bloom Color:

White (w)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Stems are nearly thornless

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

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Deland, Florida

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Coushatta, Louisiana

Checotah, Oklahoma

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Joshua, Texas

Katy, Texas

Paris, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Temple, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 27, 2021, colesatterfield from Checotah, OK wrote:

Im falling in love with this rose and its taken me some time. I got her to mix with my red Homeruns KOs. She didnt do much the first couple of years, but now after surviving last winters freeze that killed my crepe myrtles, she has become this dense plush green bush, whereas my Icebergs are ugly bare canes having lost all their leaves. I love the twiggy growth of this rose. Almost thornless, and completely disease resistant and drought tolerant. Did I mention her dainty white fragrant blooms? A perfect landscape rose for the south that would trim into a neat hedge. Give her a couple of years to settle in.


On Aug 14, 2012, shopshops from Joshua, TX wrote:

Lost my three year old Ducher to a gopher this year. She tried limping back, but there was too much root damage. Gophers gone now so I bought two more of these beauties. I got a lovely spring flush. But it appears that they are trying to recoup their energy for a final fall bloom. When established, these bloom all year. I remember my first one taking one year in the ground before I got a beautiful dark green rose covered in mildly fragrant pure white roses. So don't hesitate to give Ducher a try in really hot places like North Texas.


On Jan 1, 2011, larlisienne from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I planted 4 of these in June and they have exploded after limping through a dry, brutal summer. It's New Year's Day and my baby Duchers are 3+ ft with literally dozens of blooms each. Gorgeous dark leaves and very prolific bloomers. An outstanding option for warm climates.


On Feb 2, 2009, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

an Earthkind rose, very easy to grow, maintain and propagate. My shrubs are 4'x 4' and growing. I have one onto which I've draped clematis Jackmanii. Since vine is still young, not a stunning effect yet, but just a matter of time.

UPDATE: 3/18. Killed above Ducher while attempting to remove crape myrtles that had grown through the rose. Might have fatally injured a vital root. But I have planted a new one in a different location


On May 20, 2005, michaeladenner from Deland, FL wrote:

One of the very few China whites grown commercially. I bought mine at the Seminole Springs Nursery. Own root here in FL, and reputedly very resistant to black spot. Floriferous, rapid upright growth. Fragrant.
Update August: Ducher has bloomed all summer, with no disease though I never spray it for black spot. Has never drooped, despite some scorching days here. If you're looking for a low-water, low-maintenance white, Ducher is a great one.