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Rosa chinensis ‘Mutabilis’


Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' has delicate single flowers that look like multicoloured butterflies perched amongst the red-tinged leaves.

The delicate single flowers of Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis' look like butterflies perched amongst the red-tinged leaves and airy stems. Vermilion buds open to deep pink flowers which age to light pink, apricot and finally creamy yellow. On an established plant all of these colours will be present at once creating an ever-changing palette of beautiful colour. Will rebloom throughout the season. By far Gary’s favourite rose. Plant in a sheltered location out of wind. Tolerant of shade. Impervious to disease.

Common Name: China Rose

Family: Rosaceae (The Rose Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-10

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink

Class: Deciduous

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour: Red

Fragrance: No

Berries: No

Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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