Rose (Rosa 'Fortuniana') in the Roses Database

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Alternative cultivar names:
'Rosa fortuniana'
'Banks de Fortune'
'Double Cherokee'
'Rose de Fortune'

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Petal count: full: 26-40 petals
Rose bloom color: White and white blend
Rebloom: None
Class: Other: Hybrid banksia, found rose
Growth Habit: Climbing 8 to 40 feet
Fragrance: Strong
Misc: Thornless or almost thornless
Hybridizer & year: Discovered by Robert Fortune, circa 1840
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 7 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Plant Height: Up to 40 feet
Plant Spread: 8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Parentage: Rosa laevigata x Rosa banksiae

Close-up of bloom

Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Sep 4, 2012 12:31 PM

This rose is commonly used as understock for grafted roses in the warmer climates (7-11), particularly in Florida, where it's the only rootstock invulnerable to root-knot nematodes.

Roses grafted onto Fortuniana understock usually are much more vigorous than those grafted onto Dr. Huey.

In my garden they have an extra bonus: They don't appeal to gophers.

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Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Feb 10, 2013 11:30 PM

Noted by Antique Rose Emporium:
"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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