Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Hardy Hybrid Shrub Roses

Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Small
  • Scientific Name: Rosa hybrids Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Rose
  • Related Cultivars:

    Rosa x 'The Fairy'
    Rosa x 'William Baffin'
    Rosa x 'Bonica'
    Rosa x 'Carefree Beauty'
    Rosa x 'Carefree Delight'
    Rosa x 'Carefree Wonder'
    Rosa x 'Champlain'
    Rosa x 'Henry Kelsey'
    Rosa x 'Nearly Wild'
    Rosa x 'Seafoam'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: dependent on cultivar
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Habit: Rounded
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    This group of roses are of complex hybrid parentage and possess hardiness, repeat bloom following the initial June flush, double flowers and relative resistance to disease and insect problems. Regular pruning is important to maintain a dense attractive plant (see Pruning). Many will experience some annual winter dieback which is easily removed by cutting the canes back to 3-6" above the ground. Following this treatment the plants will return vigorously and reward your efforts with an abundance of flowers. All are hardy to zone 4 unless otherwise noted.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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