'Rosa bella Rehder & E.H.Wilson' rose References
Book (1981) Page(s) 149.
R. bella Reh. & Wils. This species, said to be widely distributed in N. China, is included in R. webbiana by Boulenger. It was described from plants raised at the Arnold Arboretum from seeds collected by William Purdom in Shansi, and introduced by him to the USA, but is scarcely known ion this country, even from herbarium specimens. Plants grown as R. bella do not agree well with the original descriptions and are of uncertain identity.
(1976) Page(s) Vol 7 Issue 4 page 9.
RHA Newsletter 7(4): 9 (Winter 1976)
Mr. E. F. Allen, President of the R.N.R.S ., spoke at Oxford on ''Long Shots in Rose Breeding" and of his own work in preparing a breeding strategy. He told of his results to date using the species rose Rosa Bella and mentioned that he had some repeat flowering, disease resistant F1 seedlings from Rosa Bella x Flamenco. He suggested that more amateur rose breeders should follow his strategy of using species in an effort to breed 'new blood' and better disease resistance into garden roses for the future. He said that another good species rose to try is Rosa Davidii. Both Rosa Bella and Rosa Davidii are tetraploids, but he suggested that when using species diploids with floribundas or hybrid teas, the chosen variety should be the seed parent crossed with the species rose. He did emphasize, however, that breeding with species is a long-term programme.
Article (magazine) (Dec 1951) Page(s) 195.
Rosa bella Native of northern China... carmine...
Book (1933) Page(s) 61.
R. bella - Northwest China. A most appropriate Name meaning "the beautiful". It is best as a pillar, growing compact to six or eight feet. In June it is literally covered with small clusters of flowers, carmine pink, overcast with lavender, about two inches in diamaeter. In late summer almost every flower produces an elongated berry like a large eardrop of red coral. The foliage is handsome; closely related to R. moyesy, but a better shrub.
Book (1917) Page(s) 90.
Rosa Bella Rehd. and Wils. A shrub, up to 8 feet in height, with leaves composed of seven to nine leaflets. The solitary pink flowers are 1¼ to 2 inches wide, and the scarlet fruit is ovoid and three-quarters of an inch long. This rose is a native of northwestern China.
Book (1916) Page(s) 341-342.
Rosa bella Rehder & Wilson. n.sp. This pretty Rose seems most closely related to R. Moyesii Hemsley & Wilson which is a much more vigorous plant with stout prickles, larger usually more acute leaflets pubescent beneath, at least on the midrib, blovose-ovoid flower buds abruptly contracted at the apex, larger flowers and pinnate sepals. It may also be copared with R. SwiginzowiiRosa bella f. pallens Rehder & Wilson. f.n. Though this form differs from the type in the pale color of the flowers only, it seems desirable to distinguish it for horticultural purposes, as both forms are in cultivation.
B and T World Seeds' reference number: 80847
USDA average, annual, minimum temperature Zone:6
Type of plant - Deciduous shrub
Flower: br. PINK, single, 4-5 cm. dia.
Fruit: ORANGE-RED, 2.5 cm.
Foliage: 7-9 ell. lfts,1-2.5 cm.
Height X Spread in meters: 3 X
Common names for Rosa bella
Mei qiang wei
FOC | Family List | FOC Vol. 9 | Rosaceae | Rosa
37. Rosa bella Rehder & E. H. Wilson in Sargent, Pl. Wilson. 2: 341. 1915.
美蔷薇 mei qiang wei
Shrubs 1–3 m tall. Branchlets terete, slender; prickles scattered, terete, straight or slightly curved, to 1 cm, abruptly tapering to base; old branches often densely bristly. Leaves including petiole 4–11 cm; stipules broad, mostly adnate to petiole, free parts ovate, glabrous, margin glandular serrate, apex acute; rachis and petiole glabrous or sparsely pubescent, prickly, or sparsely glandular and shortly prickly; leaflets 7–9, rarely 5; elliptic, ovate, or oblong, 1–3 × 0.6–2 cm, glabrous or abaxially along veins sparsely pubescent and glandular-pubescent, base subrounded, margin simply serrate, apex acute or rounded-obtuse. Flowers solitary, or 2 or 3 and fasciculate, 2–5 cm in diam.; pedicel 5–10 mm, stipitate glandular-pubescent or not; bracts ovate-lanceolate, glabrous, margin glandular serrate, apex acuminate. Hypanthium ellipsoid-ovoid. Sepals 5, ovate-lanceolate, leaflike, abaxially stipitate glandular, adaxially densely pubescent, margin entire. Petals 5, pink, obovate, base cuneate, apex emarginate. Styles free, much shorter than stamens, densely villous. Hip deep red, ellipsoid-ovoid, 1–1.5 cm in diam., with a short neck at apex, stipitate glandular or not, with persistent sepals. Fl. May–Jul, fr. Aug–Oct.
Scrub, bases of mountains, stream sides; ca. 1700 m. Hebei, Henan, Jilin, Nei Mongol, Shanxi.
Essential oils are extracted from the flowers, and the fruit are used to make jam. Both the flowers and fruit are used medicinally.
1 Flowers 4–5 cm in diam.; pedicels and hypanthium glandular-pubescent. 37a var. bella
(Species, Climbers, Ramblers and Scramblers)
Unique to us in the UK.
Mid pink single flowers on a vigorous plant. Fruit scarlet, ovoid, glossy foliage.
Colour: Bright Mid Pinks
Height: 1m 50cm Plus
Flowering period: Spring to early summer
suitable for hedges
ornamental value of hips
vigorous growing for tree branches
good autumn foliage