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Lady Banks Yellow Rose
The Lady Banks is an old-fashioned thornless climbing or large shrub rose that explodes with clusters of miniature butter-yellow blossoms in the spring. More details below!

Lady Banks Yellow Rose

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Lady Banks Yellow Rose
Rosa banksiae  'Lutea'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

The Lady Banks is an old-fashioned climbing or large shrub rose with branches that explodes with abundant clusters of fragrant, butter-yellow blossoms in the spring. The miniature yellow double blooms have a very subtle, pleasing scent. The prolific flowering creates a lovely springtime display. It is a vigorous climber with thornless branches perfect for climbing and covering fences, arbors, and many other structures. When quickly established, Lady Banks Rose is one of the more drought-tolerant and disease-resistant rose species, making it a favorite of ours and many other gardeners. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

The Lady Banks Rose can be grown as a larger mounding shrub or a climber. It is vigorous and grows quite large so don't consider growing it in a container. Simply put, this rose is gorgeous, but needs its space.


As a Shrub

Growing in a huge mound 10 to 12 feet tall and up to 20 feet or more wide, Lady Banks Rose is ideal for use as a specimen or a natural hedge or privacy screen in landscape borders that provide it room to grow. We like to plant it along a fence line, sunny or partially shaded woodland border or on large slopes, and just let it grow naturally. 


As a Climber

As a climber the Lady Banks Rose can achieve heights of 30 feet or more, with support. It is ideal for use as a climber to grow along a sturdy fence or to cover large arbors and other structures. If planted too closely to the front porch it's possible it might take over your entire house...a slightly overwhelming prospect that is tempered only by the breathtaking display of flowers dripping from the soft, green branches. This could be a desirable attribute if you have a large, unsightly old shed or other structure you want to cover. If you don't mind training or pruning it, Lady Banks a great rose for growing up large columns or porch posts in home foundation plantings. Just know that you'll be doing a considerable amount of pruning. Also keep in mind that it blooms on old wood (last years growth), so be careful not to over-prune the older branches.




Cultural Preferences

The Lady Banks Rose is exceptionally easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil of average or above average fertility and full sun to part shade. As with all other roses, morning sun is a must to dry dew from the leaves but some afternoon shade or filtered sun is okay. Flowering will be best if the plant receives at least 6 hours of direct sun during the day.  Has very good drought tolerance and disease resistance. We think this rose is more beautiful when allowed space to grow naturally, with little if any pruning. That said, she responds well to pruning. With regular pruning a Lady Banks Rose can be kept full and bushy. 

Caution:  This rose blooms on old wood so be careful not to over-prune the older branches until after the spring bloom. 




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Climbing, Trailing, Shrub Rose
Height at Maturity:  10-12' as a shrub; up to 30 feet as a climber
Width at Maturity:  3-20 feet depending on use and pruning
Spacing:  10' apart for hedge or privacy screen;  30 feet or more part for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Broad, Mounding, Sprawling, Arching
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Yellow
Flower Size:  1.5-2"
Flowering Period:  Spring 
Flower Type:  Double
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well drained
Soil pH:  5.5 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Resistances:  Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Good Disease resistance



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