Lady Banks Yellow (Rosa banksiae f. lutea) in the Roses Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Rosa banksiae f. lutea Accepted
Rosa banksiae f. luteiflora Synonym
Rosa banksiae var. lutea Synonym
Rosa banksiae var. luteaplena Synonym

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Small: under 2"
Bloom shape: Other: Pompon
Petal count: full: 26-40 petals
Rose bloom color: Light yellow
Extra Bloom Info: In large clusters
Rebloom: None
Class: Other: Species
Extra Color Info: Light yellow
Growth Habit: Can top 20 feet
Fragrance: Mild
Misc: Thornless or almost thornless
Hybridizer & year: Introduced by Royal Horticultural Society, 1824
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 6 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)
Plant Height: 20-30 feet
Plant Spread: 6-10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Location: In my mother's garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Spring, 2007Lady Banks Yellow Rose (Rosa banksiae f. lutea) 005
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Location: In my Northern California garden
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Location: In my mother's garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Spring, 2007Lady Banks Yellow Rose (Rosa banksiae f. lutea) 004
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Location: In my mother's garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Spring, 2007Lady Banks Yellow Rose (Rosa banksiae f. lutea) 006
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Location: Saint Helena Island, SCDate: 2010-04-06
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: 2017-02-21First bloom this season
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Location: North LouisianaDate: Late SpringRosa banksiae - Lady Banks' rose
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Location: In my mother's garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Spring, 2007Lady Banks Yellow Rose (Rosa banksiae f. lutea) 002
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Location: North LouisianaDate: 2020-03-29
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Location: In my mother's garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Spring, 2007Lady Banks Yellow Rose (Rosa banksiae f. lutea) 003
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Location: Orem, UtahDate: 2012-04-20At Sunriver Gardens
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2012-04-15
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Location: In my mother's garden in Oklahoma CityDate: Spring, 2007Lady Banks Yellow Rose (Rosa banksiae f. lutea) 001
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Location: In my Northern California garden
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In Zuzu's garden
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Location: Orem, UtahDate: 2012-04-20St Sunriver Gardens
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Date: 2014-04-19
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Date: 2014-04-19
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Location: Saint Helena Island, SCDate: 2010-04-06
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Location: Growing up a large oak in town
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Location: Temple, TexasDate: 2019-09-05Very young specimen not yet blooming.  Setting is mostly shade, s
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Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Feb 3, 2014 10:40 PM

This rose grows to huge proportions. One of mine is held up by three strong arbors and a garage roof. Another covers a gazebo and has sent some canes climbing all the way up a neighbor's oak tree.

The blooms are quite small, but they grow in clusters and cover the entire rose for about a month in spring. In my mild zone 9 climate, the rose reblooms late in fall, but only in a modest and barely visible flush. The blooms have no fragrance, which is a drawback, but the rose also has no thorns, which is a definite plus.

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Posted by jathton (Oklahoma City, OK) on Jun 28, 2020 6:28 PM

If you were to go to YouTube after reading this comment and type in "Shady Lady" or "The World's Largest Rose" you would be taken to a 6 minute film. The film will tell you a fascinating story about, I believe, the white flowering form of Bank's Rose.
This particular Lady Banks Rose, as of 2017, completely covers an arbor that measures 9,000 square feet. In its native habitat of central and western China it typically grows at elevations of 1,640 - 7,218 feet.
But this rose nowhere near acquired the status in China that it grabbed in Tombstone, AZ.

The "Shady Lady of Tombstone" was, in 1970 when I first saw it, and continues to be somewhat awe inspiring. In 1989 my mother was contemplating replacing the canvas arbor that covered her patio... but the $4,000 cost did not appeal to her at all. So I suggested the yellow form of the Lady Bank's Rose.

Ten years later the rose had covered half of the arbor and it absolutely glows when the entire plant is covered in small, double pale yellow flowers.

If you have an arbor and you are contemplating a climbing plant for it... I strongly recommend this terrific rose.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 3:49 PM

This is one of my favorites of all time. Spectacular when in bloom. It is thornless and blooms profusely in the Spring.

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