Fortuniana (OGR)

This apparently natural hybrid of R. banksiae and R. laevigata also bears the name of the young Scottish undergardener Robert Fortune. He discovered it in newly opened China, in 1850, blooming in a Shanghai garden. Fortuniana retains the fine, violet scent of the White Lady Banks, but offers a larger, nearly 2 inch flower that is white and very double with a knotted center. The nearly thornless canes have foliage that is graceful and open, like the banksias, but somewhat larger and glossier as befits the Cherokee Rose heritage. It can be planted anywhere, as this is a rose that thrives even in poor, dry, sandy soils. The disease resistance, ease of culture, and graceful effect of this plant give it great value in the landscape. Fortuniaia may be grown as a climber, spreading 8 to 10 feet, or it may be pruned back to form a mounding shrub of 6 to 8 feet in diameter. In mid-spring all the enthusiasm of both parents will be visible in the lush cascade of blooms.

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Rose Stats

  • Class NameBanksian Hybrid
  • IntroductionSpecies Hybrid
  • Size15 -20'
  • Zone7 - 10
  • ColorWhite
  • Scentyes
  • Bloom Size2.4""
  • BreederLindley
  • Repeat BloomNo
  • Year Introduced1850

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs

Gallon, Quart