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ROSA BANKSIAE  |  'Alba'  Banksia Rose White

ROSA BANKSIAE | 'Alba' Banksia Rose White


It is a scrambling shrubby vine growing vigorously to 6 m (20 ft) tall. Unlike most roses, it is practically thornless, though it may bear some prickles up to 5 mm long, particularly on stout, strong shoots. The leaves are evergreen, however they will fall during very cold weather. The flowers are small, 1.5-2.5 cm diameter, white. It is amongst the earliest flowering of all roses, usually appearing during september in the southern hemisphere, though cold weather can delay flowering. All Lady Banks' roses are said to smell of violets to varying degrees.

The rose is named after Lady Banks, the wife of the botanist Sir Joseph Banks

  • POSITION Full sun ,part shade 
  • SOIL TYPE:  well drained, rich soil, prefers slightly acidic
  • FROST HARDY: yes.
  • DROUGHT TOLERANT: once established, and well mulched.
  • SIZE:  6m tall
  • FLOWERS: White small double fragrant flowers in early Spring
  • USES: fences, walls, arches, frames - needs supporting
  • PRUNE: after flowering.
  • FRAGRANCE: yes
  • EVERGREEN: partially. will drop leaves in very cold climates
  • CARE:Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Mulch during summer months

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