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Plant Guide

Rosa banksiae

Common Name
Lady Banks Rose
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Vine
Size
15' - 20'
Flower Color
Yellow
Bloom Time
  • Spring
  • Summer
Leaves
Medium Glossy Green
Evergreen
Deciduous
Deer Resistant
Deer Candy
Wildlife Value
  • Deer Magnet
Growth Rate
Fast
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Loam
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This rose has a profusion of  clusters of small yellow blossoms on mostly thornless, arching branches in spring. It can be trained to climb walls, fences and arbors, but it can also be pruned into a hedge form. It can also be used to tumble down banks and hillsides.

Plant in an amended loamy soil with lots of compost for best results. Mulch in a 2'- 3' diameter circle to conserve soil moisture. Does best planted in full sun as it will get powdery mildew in too much shade. It is a rampant grower and needs to be pruned each year in late winter to keep it under control. It has low water needs once established but does better with regular water.

It is more resistant to rose disease than the hybrids but as noted above it can develop powdery mildew if located in too much shade.

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