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Rosa laevigata /Cherokee Rose

Rosa laevigata  / Rosa laevigata
Close-up image of this spectacular white flower with yellow center
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Close-up image of this spectacular white flower with yellow center

Heavy flowering like this is in early spring

A trio of flowers in early spring

If growth is left unchecked this climbing rose will cover anything in its path of rapid growth

A large mature plant at the LSU Burden Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA

Although growth is difficult to keep in bounds a specimen plant can be beautiful in spring bloom

Flowers are beautiful but this rambling rose has wicked thorns

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Scientific Name: Rosa laevigata
Common Name: Cherokee Rose
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: High
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: This is a rambling vine that will grow over anything in its path. Pruning to keep it in bounds is normally necessary to keep growth in check. It produces large single white flowers with yellow stamens. While this rose grows under adverse conditions, flowering is best in full sunlight. A few flowers are produced during the summer months. It produces large showy bristle covered hips (fruit).