Rosa × odorata 'Mutabilis'

rose Mutabilis (China rose)

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Buy Rosa × odorata 'Mutabilis' rose Mutabilis (China rose): One of the most beautiful China roses available

This rose is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Large, cupped, single flowers, over 6cm across, change from warm orange-yellow to copper-pink before near-red petals fall. The rich purple new growth sets off the single flowers beautifully. A stunning shrubby China rose with sparsely prickly stems and flowers from summer through to autumn. It looks great planted in a sunny border or can even be grown as a small climber against a wall or fence.

    All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should be planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.

  • Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plant's roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka replant disease).

    Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the 'bud union' (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before watering the plant well.

    Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturer's instructions) each spring. They will also benefit from a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure in spring, but make sure this is kept away from the stems.

    In late winter, pop on a pair of tough gloves and remove dead, damaged, diseased or congested branches completely. Then cut back vigorous new shoots by up to a third, and shorten strong side shoots to within two or three buds of the main stems. If the centre of the shrub is becoming congested, remove one or two of the older stems to their base. After the first flush of flowers has faded, prompt deadheading will encourage more flowers to form.

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A wonderful rose


I've had this rose for many years, planted in a far from ideal position under a silver birch, and with just a rough lightish prune annually. The only kindness it gets is a slow release feed and a bit of manure in some years. No sprays, nothing else. In return it is incredibly healthy with no black spot or mildew. Flowers continuously for months on end. Petals drop attractively so doesnt get that ugly end of flush look. No scent but more than makes up for it with the unusual petal shape and colours. The best rose I've ever had. I've another little china rose, pink, which has also been a stalwart and copes well in shade.




Seven Months of Bloom


I bought two of these a year ago. I was expecting a bit more root to them but followed the instructions, sited in them in full sun and have been delighted with the results. They survived 2018's heat and frost and put on about 3 feet/ I metre of healthy new growth. The first buds opened in mid-May and blooms continued till December. Even now (late Jan 2019) there is a single bud waiting to open. They respond well to dead-heading so having access to all sides of the plant is helpful.


South Somerset




This unusual, single flowered China rose has an enthusiastic following, often described as if covered by a flight of butterflies in soft yellow, pink and pale crimson. It flowers continuously through the summer and autumn on a vigorous, twiggy shrub with typical China rose foliage. It does best with some protection from severe cold, but is usually trouble free. Sometimes difficult to find in the market, the plant supplied to me was quite small, but established well and grew strongly in its first year. Highly recommended to those who want something a little off the beaten track.


North Nottinghamshire




This is the best all-rounder, and easy to grow: early red shoots, constant flowers for months, hips in the autumn.. This rose is easy to trim but can be grown as a large specimen bush. The beauty is in the changing colour of the flowers - pink to/and or apricot. It's a show-stopper which isn't very familiar to UK gardeners. A wonderful gift as well for someone who loves roses.




Naturalistic Rose


The theme of my garden is slightly wild, naturalistic woodland edge. I bought this rose because it has a perfect character for this style of planting. The rose established quickly and produced a number of flower buds in it's first season. I nipped these off so it could concentrate on producing a good root system. I look forward to next growing season with great expectations.




Rosa x Odorata Mutabilis


My favourite single petal rose. Very hardy and never ceases to give pleasure.




Wonderful rose


Lovely little flowered rose. Keep dead heading and you keep getting flower buds. Delightful colour change of flowers. My plant was a good size when delivered, grew steadily the first season and this winter looks strong and healthy. Looking forward to next years continual blooms.


Ashtead, Surrey



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Rosa 'Chinensis mutabilis' says it can be trained as a climber . I want to grow it in a retaining wall in my very small garden, if it is grown as a climber how bushy will it get? It sounds quite wide as a shrub so could I get it to behaving on 6 foot fence panels (with wires) ?How do I keep it as a climber rather than a wide shrub? It says good disease resistance so hopefully I am not going to have to spray it.


Hello, The trick to growing this as a climber is simply to tie the (somewhat lanky) stems onto the wires as they grow. Therefore, it should do very well on your sunny fence panels with a network of wires.


My crown imperial fritillary do not look like they are going to flower this year despite being wonderful last year. What can I do to get them to flower again?

Potting shed

Hello, These are summer flowering plants, so it is still way too early to see any signs of buds just yet, however if you want to keep them in tip top condition, you should make sure they get plenty of sun and are kept well fed.


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