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ROSA 'Harison's Yellow'

Image of Rosa 'Harison's Yellow'

Jodi Torpey

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

ROSA 'Harison's Yellow'

Plant Common Name

Harison's Yellow Shrub Rose, Pioneer Rose, Shrub Rose, Yellow Rose of Texas

General Description

An antique cultivar that remains popular nearly 200 years following its introduction, this hybrid of Rosa foetida is cherished for its sunny late-spring blooms and its tough constitution.

The arching, spiny, brown stems of this rock-hardy, medium to large deciduous shrub are lined with bright green, compound leaves. Plants spread by suckers to form thickets. The bright yellow, saucer-shaped, semi-double flowers appear in abundance for several weeks in spring. The blooms cast a strong fruity fragrance. Showy deep red "hips" follow the flowers. Plants may rebloom in fall in mild climates.

Roses prefer full to partial sun, moderate temperatures and perfectly drained, slightly acid soil with average to good fertility. Many rose cultivars are rife with pest and disease problems. They are particularly prone to foliar fungal diseases and thus benefit from good air circulation. Fortunately, 'Harison's Yellow' is relatively disease-resistant, and is also renowned for its tolerance of cold and drought. Use this antique shrub rose in mixed borders and hedges.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Groundcover, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No