Chinas

top: Cramoisi Supérieur, Mutabilis, Hermosa
above: Comtesse du Cayla, Mme. Laurette Messimy, Miss Lowe’s Variety

Twiggy, smooth-wooded plants that seemingly put flowers out of every joint. Most are compact and short to moderate growers. Flowers come in white, pink, and a hundred shades of cherry-crimson, the colors intensifying with passing days. A few, bearing Tea rose blood, are shaded with apricot and yellow.

In listing our “Mystery” Chinas, we warn the collector that we merely pass these on as they come to us, trying to avoid obvious duplicates. Even those red and pink Chinas which we offer with “official” names may not be what they are believed to be. Nonetheless, this group of roses is so exceptional in the garden, and there are such charming variations, we cannot recommend them too highly!

We currently have no curator for the Chinas. If you are interested in becoming one, please contact: curator@thefriendsofvintageroses.org.

HABIT

Chinas are very twiggy shrubs that seem capable of putting new growth on from any given point on the plant. Nearly every new growth ends in flower, hence the exceptionally continuous flowering of Chinas. We distinguish the Chinas by three principal habits of growth (left to right, above).

  • (E.g., Hermosa) The old monthly rose group, which are more upright and open than the red Chinas. [Ch #1]
  • (E.g., White Pearl in Red Dragon’s Mouth) The red Chinas, which form a dense intercrossing mass of light wood and are often wider than tall. [Ch #2]
  • (E.g., Mutabilis) The most upright, open, spreading Chinas, which can get quite tall, to 7′ or more. [Ch #3]

Brackets refer to Explanatory Information page.
Alba roses original Vintage Garden pages: VCG_Chinas.pdf

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