Golden Wings Rose

Hardy Yellow Shrub Roses

The Golden Wings rose was the first hardy yellow shrub rose.

'Golden Wings' has long, pointed,slender buds that open at first to large, cupped flowers, that become more loose with age. They begin a pale lemon yellow color, and later fade to a creamy white.

The flowers have single rose form, with glowing amber stamens and crimson anthers. They are simply stunning when the sun shines through them! (Like wings of gold!)

The golden flowers appear both singly, and in clusters of 2-5.

Type Shrub Rose

Hybridizer  Roy Sheppard (United States) 1956

Blooms   Large, Sulfur yellow with 4-5 petals. Single bloom form Flowers are 4-5" across

Foliage  Medium size foliage is gray/green color. Matte

Fragrance Slight/Medium Fruity scent

Growth Habits Hardy, vigorous grower, Upright, Bushy growing 5-7'tall by 4-6' wide

Awards   ARS Gold Medal 1958

Hardy zones    zones 4-9


The Golden Wings rose is an upright growing, hardy yellow shrub rose, that produces abundant, saucer-like blooms.

It is both heat and shade tolerant, and for the most part disease free. (It occasionally will get a bit of black spot).

It becomes an outstanding rose in the garden. It is continuous in its flowering, has a delicious, light fruity scent, and beautiful golden color with perfectly formed flowers. The flowers are not always single, and sometimes you will find an extra petal or two.

For a spectacular bush, give it a few years to build up to a good size. You should prune very little for the first few years,(or not at all)

Although the blooms look rather delicate, they actually stand up quite well to the wind, and even to rain.

The bush grows vigorously, and has very prickly canes with lots of twiggy stems.

Deadheading it will bring on more flowers.

It is one of the first and last roses to flower each year, producing large, round, orange hips that last well into the winter.

Parentage; 'Soeur Therese' x Rosa Pimpinellifolia Altaica  x 'Ormiston Roy'

This modern shrub rose was bred by an American amateur who used the rose 'Altaica' as a parent, to give it all the good qualities of that rose. He was an eminent rose historian who died in 1962. This rose breeder (Roy Sheppard) is also the author of the classic History of the Rose.


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