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Products > Rosa 'Happenstance'
 
Rosa 'Happenstance' - Shrub Rose
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rosaceae (Roses)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
This great shrub rose, also known as 'Baby Mermaid' is a bit of a mystery and its origins are argued about by some. The 1997 Combined Rose List by Beverly Dobson and Peter Schneider lists it as a hybrid bracteata by virtue of it being a root sport of 'Mermaid' and credits the plant as being introduced by Buss in the 1950's. Since this time it has proven itself in gardens throughout California. The attractive small leaves foil the large canary-yellow flowers that can be found in abundance from spring through fall with seemly some flowers year-round in Santa Barbara's frost free climate. It can grow as a tall and blocky shrub to 6 feet tall, climb even higher with support, or with judicial pruning kept to a mounding 3 foot shrub. Hardy to zones 5-9. We first started growing this very nice and useful plant in 1994 but discontinued producing it in 2012 for lack of sales. We continued to get favorable comments about a large specimen of it in the nursery and brought it back into production in 2020.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Rosa 'Happenstance'.
 
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