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Lady Banks' Rose
Scientific Name: Rosa banksiae Aiton
Family: Rosaceae
Lady Banks' Rose (Rosa banksiae)
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Rosa banksiae 'lutea'
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-33
USDA: 8-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 10F (-12C)

Heat Tolerance: Avoid afternoon sun in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Central and western China

Growth Habits: Evergreen climber, fast growing to 20 feet (6 m) or more. The "World's Largest Rose" (in Tombstone, Arizona) is a Lady Banks' Rose, and supported by 68 posts and spanning 70 feet (21 m)

Watering Needs: Drought tolerant, but does better with regular water.

Propagation: Cuttings

Lady Banks' Rose (Rosa banksiae)

Blooming Habits:
The Lady Banks' Rose flowers come in thousands during March in Phoenix. Two varieties are commonly sold. The most common one, 'lutea' is yellow and scentless. The white one 'banksiae' or 'alba' are strongly scented, and smells like violets.

They are pretty easy to start from seeds. Soak the big flat seeds in water overnight. You can expect close to 100% germination even if the seeds are a couple of years old. They should germinate in one to 2 weeks.

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