Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Petal count: double: 16-25 petals
Rose bloom color: Medium pink
Extra Bloom Info: Semi-double to double, in clusters
Rebloom: Good
Class: China
Extra Color Info: Silver-pink
Growth Habit: Medium-tall, 4-6 feet, bushy
Fragrance: Moderate
Misc: Shade tolerant
Hybridizer & year: Unknown, before 1793
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 6 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
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)
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Parentage: Unknown
Child plants: 3 child plants

Alternative cultivar names:
  • 'Old Blush'
  • 'Rosier des Indes Commun'
  • 'Fen Hong Yue Yue Hong'
  • 'Pallida'
  • 'Ordinaire'
  • 'Old Pink Daily'
  • 'Last Rose of Summer'
  • 'Common Monthly'
  • 'Common China'
  • 'Chang Wei'
  • 'Blush China'
  • 'Bishop Pompallier's Rose'
  • 'Bengale Cramoisi'
  • 'Parsons' Pink China'

Common names
  • Rose

Photo Gallery
Location: Historic Rose Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-03-26
Zone 9b.
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Date: 2017-10-09
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (near Brussels - Belgium)
Location: Hammond, Louisiana
Date: 2020-04-11
Location: my alley
Date: 2022-04-13
Uploaded by zuzu
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2021-05-07
A survivor; Mature 6' bush buried under weight of solid dome of 5
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (near Brussels - Belgium)
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (near Brussels - Belgium)
Location: Historic Rose Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-03-26
Zone 9b.

Date: 2009-11-20
Photo courtesy Antique Rose Emporium. Used with permission.
Location: my garden zone 7b NC
Date: 2012-06-16

Date: c. 1913
photo from the 1913 catalog, Biltmore Nursery Roses, Asheville, N

photo credit: Anna reg
Location: Arbor Gate Nursery, Tomball, TX
Date: 2013-10-05
  • Uploaded by jon

photo credit: Arnaud 25
Location: my garden zone 7b NC
Date: 2012-05-18
Location: Ventura, CA
  • Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Feb 11, 2013 5:44 PM concerning plant:
    Noted by Antique Rose Emporium:
    "...the myriad of names of this semi-double hybrid of R. chinensis attest to the friendly familiarity with which it has been grown for over two hundred years. One of the most common of old roses, it is also one of the most valuable, for it has passed on its incredible blooming prowess to countless cultivars during the history of hybridization in the West. Old Blush has medium, semi-double, lilac pink flowers in loose clusters. They flush darker pink in the sun and are followed by large orange hips. It blooms so steadily that it is not a very good cut flower: the blossoms drop quickly to make room for their successors. The bush is full and upright in habit, growing slowly to over 5 feet, with neat, healthy foliage. Perfume is soft, but fruity and pleasant. Whether used in a hedge (which can be spectacular), as a specimen, or in a border, Old Blush should be treated simply as a flowering shrub and not fussed over."

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