The Flutterbye rose is a most unusual yellow blend shrub rose.
The best way to describe this rosebush would be that of a rounded mound of glossy green leaves, topped with clusters of different colored roses.
The flower color is even more difficult to describe, because the blooms are ever changing. They open a pale yellow color, but brighten and darken and become tinged with other colors, mostly pink and orange.
The colors start with the petal backs, and the petal tips, spreading throughout the flower as it ages.
Because of this constant aging, you will see many different colors within the clusters at the same time.
The flowers themselves are not very large, usually 2-3" across, but they appear in small clusters that are never ending.
The glossy green foliage make a nice backdrop for the ever changing flowers.
Type Shrub also used as a Climber
Hybridizer Tom Carruth (United States) 1995
Blooms Yellow Blend (Bright yellow, tinged with orange and/or pink)Single form flowers have 4-8 petals, and are typically between 2-3" across
Foliage Glossy dark green foliage
Fragrance Medium, fruity scent
Growth Habits Grows 6-8' tall, and up to 10' wide, with a rounded habit
Hardy Zones Zones 6b- 9b
Flutterbye begins blooming in late spring to early summer, and blooms repeatedly all season.
It is very disease resistant, especially to three of the worst rose diseases;Blackspot, Mildew, and Rust.
Early spring pruning will promote lots of blooms because Flutterbye blooms on new wood.
In cooler climates this rose makes a nice rounded shrub, but it will grow nicely as a climber or pillar rose in warmer climates.
I'm not sure where the name came from, but I have a couple of ideas; Those delicate single petaled, color changing blooms do remind you of a bush covered in butterflies, and do you believe it;The Butterflies love the blooms!
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