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Shrub Rose 'Carefree Wonder'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Carefree Wonder
Additional cultivar information:(PP7783, aka MEIpitac, Dynastie)
Hybridized by Meilland
Registered or introduced: 1990
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:

Pink blend (pb)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Slightly 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

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Dothan, Alabama

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Denver, Colorado

Archer, Florida

Springfield, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Crofton, Kentucky

Rockland, Massachusetts

Youngstown, Ohio

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Osceola Mills, Pennsylvania

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 7, 2014, Lisahuang from Denver, CO wrote:

My landscaper planted it this summer, it already grew 3 feet and have a dozen of buds and flowers within a month. I also planted livin-easy rose as well,they did not bloom like this.


On May 24, 2010, SusieR from Springfield, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have these up both sides of my driveway and they do beautifully. I have horrid clay soil but these guys do really well. I have about 12 of them and did have two go back to graft and one became sterile (after 15+ years) so I dug them out and am in the process of replacing them. I do deadhead them and will be doing a soak with straight Merit this year to keep the Jap Beetles away. GREAT rose!!!


On Apr 27, 2010, leisure500 from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

This plant doesn't do as well for me here in clayey Zone 5 Indiana as has Carefree Beauty.

It looked good its first year, and it was downhill from there.

As of this point, I've lost one plant and anticipate losing the other remnant soon.


On Sep 7, 2007, windbalm from Philipsburg, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

This rose has done very well for me in north central PA. This year (2007) we had a seriously frigid winter followed by an icy cold spring and then a summer drought - which adversely affected a number of my other roses and perennials, but Carefree Wonder has performed beautifully. Even the (blankety-blank) horde of Japanese beetles couldn't keep up with the blooms.

Purchased bare-root from Park Wholesale's fabulous end-of-spring-season sale in 2006. Planted facing East, protected from the Westerly winds. Fertilized with horse manure and loosely mulched.


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

Bred in France. Won the All-America Rose Selection in 1991, and the Modern Shrub Rose four times from 1999-2001.

Seed: Prairie Princess x Nirvana
Pollen: Eyepaint x Rustica