white rose bush - Knowledgebase Question

rockford, Il
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Question by trippinrv3
August 16, 2010
It started as a white rose bush one summer. The next year I thought it had died so I started to dig it up and found a live root. I replanted this root. Nothing the next year, this year I have a climbing red rose vine. How did this change color and tpe.

Answer from NGA
August 16, 2010
Hybrid roses are grafted onto a vigorous rootstock. In this case, a rambling rose with a red flower. When the top of your white rose died, the roots took over and - viola! - you now have a wild rose with red flowers. It will be super hardy but it won't be the white color that you originally purchased.

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