Rosa laevigata

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Rosa laevigata Michx.

Rosaceae

Life form: climber
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   7

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: ovate

Division: imparipinnate

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: hip

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: double
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Rosanae
Ordo:
Rosales

Rosa laevigata, commonly known as Cherokee rose, is a climber.

Naming

Rosa laevigata was described by André Michaux in 1803. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Rosa laevigata is a species in the genus Rosa which contains approximately 180 to 623 species and belongs to the family of the Rosaceae (Rose Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The climbers reach heights of 3 to 5 metres.

Leaves

Rosa laevigata is evergreen. The green, imparipinnate leaves are alternate. The ovate leaflets are serrate and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

From April to June Rosa laevigata produces solitary semi-double, white five-stellate flowers.

The climbers produce purple hips in summer.

Root System

Distribution

Rosa laevigata is native to China and Taiwan and is naturalized in the Southeast of the US.

Cultivation

The climbers prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Uses

The ornamental value of Rosa laevigata lies especially in its fragrance.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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