The Topaz Jewel Rose are Hybrid Rugosa roses that are a rare yellow color. This is a very unusual color for a Rugosa rose bush.
This rose is a typical Rugosa, producing plenty of flowers on a large, prickly bush. It was the first ever 'Yellow' colored Rugosa type Shrub rose.
The Topaz Jewel rose has flowers that are much like the stone in which they were named for; soft, and smokey yellow in color. The flowers lighten, and fade to cream with age.
The blooms on this rose bush are quite large, and double, opening to reveal golden stamens, (much loved by the bees). The flowers appear in clusters of three. Each flower opens in succession, not all at once like other cluster-flowering roses.
Type Hybrid Rugosa Shrub
Hybridizer Ralph Moore 1987
Growth Habits Typical Rugosa, it grows well, around 5 ft. square,with dense foliage that is very prickly.
Foliage Typical, rough foliage large size, matte green,lots of slender, long brown prickles (thorns)
Blooms Medium yellow, double, cupped blooms fade to cream color. Flowers have 25 petals, and measure 3 1/2-4" across
Fragrance Moderate, Fruity
This unique yellow Rugosa was produce by Ralph Moore. He crossed his own creation 'Golden Angel', with the Hybrid Rugosa 'Belle Poitevine'.
'Topaz Jewel Rose' will do well with a fairly light, very well drained soil,and even a bit of afternoon shade. It is pretty disease resistant, and a reliable performer even without dead-heading, although it would encourage faster blooming.
It is not a reliable hip producer. This spreading Shrub rose does well as a border plant, or in a mass planting.
The rose pictures on this page are from My Topaz Jewel, a rose I purchased and planted this Spring. I couldn't resist this one, because of it's unique yellow color.
The Rugosa roses are very hardy, and typically do well for me. so since I needed one for the back of one of the beds, I thought I'd give it a try!
I'm already impressed at the quantity of flowers from such a young bush!