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Products > Rosa laevigata
Rosa laevigata - Cherokee Rose

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Rosaceae (Roses)
Origin: Asia, Southeastern (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Rosa laevigata (Cherokee Rose) - This big evergreen climber, native to Southern China and Taiwan, can reach 30 feet or more, climbing and clambering using hooked thorns on the stems and bristles on the smaller branches. It can also grow as a free standing 5 ft. tall shrub with no support. The leaves are shiny bright green and leathery in texture. The 4 inch wide single pure white flowers are borne in profusion in early spring. The petals drop cleanly leaving the star like sepal which are followed later in the year by orange-red bristly hips. Although Chinese in origin it has naturalized elsewhere, especially in the southeastern United States and it was first botanically described from Georgia, where it is now the state flower. In cultivation in England the species is too tender to thrive, being cut to the ground by hard frosts, and flowering poorly. In the south of France it grows well, flowering in April. Zones 4-10. The pale pink hybrid form of this rose is Rosa 'Anenome' and the darker pink form is Rosa 'Ramona'.  The information about Rosa laevigata displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.