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Rosa banksiae Lutea, called Yellow Banksian Rose, is a fast-growing, prolific blooming climbing rose. It has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its many desirable characteristics. This lovely, fragrant yellow flowering rose will easily find a spot to climb in your garden!
Native to China and introduced to the UK in 1824, Rosa banksiae Lutea is one of the first roses to flower each spring, with its clusters of 2 cm pale-yellow double blooms covering the almost thornless canes in April and May, perfuming the garden with their fragrance. Once they have finished, the smooth-edged, glossy leaves provide a pleasant backdrop for later blooming flowers, and they remain year-round, providing winter interest. In mild winters some flowers may emerge as early as January!
Hardy in most parts of the UK, Rosa banksiae Lutea is a vigorous grower, reaching a height of 12 metres and spread of 4 metres in 5 to 10 years. Pruning should be done immediately after flowering in early summer, as flowers appear on last year’s wood.
Rosa banksiae Lutea should be planted in a sheltered position in full sun, with a south, east or west-facing aspect. It will thrive in moist but well-drained chalk, loam or sand soil. Tolerant of salt, it is suitable for coastal locations, and will also grow well in urban environments.
Yellow Banksian Rose is a climber, and will do best when given something to grow up and over. Its ability to throw out canes up to 4 metres long in one year means that it will need room to roam. It is ideal for covering a south-facing wall in full sun, where it will quickly cover the space with its evergreen foliage. In the limited space of a courtyard garden this year-round interest would be especially suitable. On a rooftop terrace or patio, a pergola will support a Rosa banksiae Lutea, which in turn will create a year-round canopy of foliage, augmented in spring by the profusion of fragrant yellow blooms. In a back garden, a shed can be almost hidden by a Yellow Banksian Rose trained to grow over and around it!
Loved by UK gardeners for almost two centuries, Rosa banksiae Lutea continues to be a strong favourite for its extravagant blooming habit and evergreen foliage. Find a place for it to climb in your own garden!
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