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Hybrid Spinosissima, Shrub Rose 'Golden Wings'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Wings
Hybridized by Shepherd
Registered or introduced: 1956
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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)

Bloom Color:

Light yellow (ly)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Coushatta, Louisiana

Frederick, Maryland

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Brooklyn, New York

Portland, Oregon

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 29, 2016, Fizgig777 from NYC, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

The blooms are gorgeous, no argument there.... They smell nice, too. But the disease resistance of this rose is terrible! If you don't want to deal with spraying every week and/or after every rain, don't get this rose. Here on the east coast in zone 7a, 7b, & 6 near the ocean where our summers are humid, this shrub has no leaves on it by mid-July -- if it's that lucky (and that's in botanical gardens where they do nothing but care for plants).

Lovely flowers, but not worth the hassle. Especially since this is a rather large shrub when mature.


On Sep 30, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The flowers are exquisite, large and with a large showy boss of golden stamens.

Unfortunately, I haven't seen any shrub perform well in eastern New England. It tends to defoliate from black spot, and rebloom is poor.

It is a shrub and not a bush.


On Mar 2, 2011, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

Pictures do NOT do this one justice and it is nothing short of FABULOUS! VERY pretty single rose! When it first opens it is GOLDEN yellow... as it ages, it fades to a very pale yellow with a gold center and very prominent stamens.

Haven't had a bit of problem with blackspot (of course I apply regular treatments of Neem) at all. It is a bit of a slow grower and has only bloomed twice since I got it about 3 months ago. I am sure once it gets a little older, it will take off! I cannot wait!


On May 5, 2007, kerrydrury from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Easy to grow. Lovely single flower.


On Jun 11, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in United States. Slight, sweet, fragrance.

Seed: Soeur Thrse
Pollen: R. spinosissima altaica x Ormiston Roy