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'Canary Bird' rose Description
'Canary Bird (hybrid xanthina, unknown, ca. 1940's)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of C├ęcile Tanguay's Rose Garden
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
36 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Deep yellow Shrub.
Registration name: Canary Bird
Exhibition name: Canary Bird
Origin:
Bred by Unknown English Breeder(s) (United Kingdom, before 1945).
Introduced by Unknown in before 1945 as 'Canary Bird'.
Class:
Shrub.  
Bloom:
Golden-yellow.  Mild to strong fragrance.  Average diameter 2".  Large, single (4-8 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form.  Spring or summer flush with scattered later bloom.  
Habit:
Arching, bushy, upright, well-branched.  Medium, glossy, medium green foliage.  9 to 13 leaflets.  
Height of 5' to 12' (150 to 365 cm).  Width of 5' 11" to 12' (180 to 365 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b and warmer.  Vigorous.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
Ploidy:
Diploid
Notes:
There are two roses named Canary Bird.
This Canary Bird, which is in commerce, is a hybrid of Rosa xanthina or Rosa hugonis. See References.
The Canary Bird bred by W. Paul & Son is a Sweet Briar and appears to grow only in Sangerhausen.
Modern Roses and other references confuse the two Canary Birds, showing Paul as the breeder of the Hybrid Xanthina. Paul's rose is a Sweet Briar with apple-scented foliage and only 5-7 leaflets.
Nigel Pratt of Tasman Bay Roses says this is an early rose with arching branches of bright yellow single flowers...
Harkness Roses says this rose has very distinctive ferny foliage and blood red spines.
 
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