• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing, vining habit; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, with support.
    Key Feature:
    Profusion of Blooms
    Spring or Early Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ROH-za BANK-si-a
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 24
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing, vining habit; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, with support.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring or Early Summer
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasBring a romantic look to the garden with an arbor covered in this old-fashioned, profusely blooming Rose. It easily covers a fence or trellis with its evergreen foliage. Plant in full sun for the best look.
    Companion PlantsClematis (Clematis); Boxwood (Buxus); Peony (Paeonia); Eastern Snowball (Viburnum); Salvia (Salvia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Grows easily in average to enriched, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Blooms on old wood; prune just after flowering.Pruning time: summer.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This is a unique once-blooming rose in many ways. First it is thornless; second it is nearly tropical being so frost tender, and third, it is evergreen. This double yellow rose originates in China but it was the Calcutta Botanic Garden that announced it to the world. The Royal Horticultural Society sent John Damper Parks to Asia to obtain samples. He sent this plant back to England in 1824 on the East Indiaman trading ship Lowther Castle. With that shipment came an important yellow tea rose. 'Lutea' is a subspecies of R. banksiae, first discovered by Regel in 1877 in China and also by Pierre Delavay who introduced it into France around 1884. Plants that reached Kew would be named for Lady Banks, wife of the director of Kew and financier of many expeditions to Asia.