Plant DetailShow Menu

Rosa banksiae

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
RO-zuh BANK-see-eye
Description

Lady Banks is an evergreen climbing (vigorously) shrub that grows up to 40'. This plant blooms in mid spring to early summer. It produces a sprawling, "thornless" rose that requires pruning and support for vine-like branches to stimulate a vine, but otherwise little other care. It is effective on fences, trellises, and espaliered against walls. Double floral selections are most popular. This plant is tolerant of full sun and part shade and has no serious pest or disease problems.

Fragrance:  Slight

Quick ID Hints:

  • Stems green, prickle-less ("thornless")
  • Evergreen climbing shrub with pinnately compound leaves
  • Many 1" double yellow (white) double flowers in spring

VIDEO Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.

More information on Rosa.

Profile Video:
See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Alba Plena', 'Alboplena', 'Lutea', 'Lutescens'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#evergreen#fragrant flowers#yellow flowers#climbing#spring flowers#thornless#trellis#playground#cpp#children's garden#arbors#fantz#twining vine#vertical spaces
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Alba Plena', 'Alboplena', 'Lutea', 'Lutescens'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#evergreen#fragrant flowers#yellow flowers#climbing#spring flowers#thornless#trellis#playground#cpp#children's garden#arbors#fantz#twining vine#vertical spaces
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rosa
    Species:
    bansiae
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts hummingbirds
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Fragrance
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
    Appendage:
    Thorns
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are dull red, and are a spherical hip containing many achenes.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are yellow or white, single to double, slightly fragrant, 1-2" in size, and on smooth stalks. Sepals are 5-lobed, lobes are reflexed, and entire. Blooms in early spring. Inflorescence is an umbel with several flowers and short peduncles.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, pinnately compound, and evergreen. There are 3-7 leaflets (typically 5) that are oblong-lanceolate to elliptic-ovate, acute or obtuse, serrulate, dark green, glabrous above, and sometimes downy beneath. Rachis are pubescent.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are thornless, green, glabrous, vine-like, but not scandent.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pool/Hardscape
    Vertical Spaces
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Screen/Privacy