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'Rosa X odorata 'Mutabilis'' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 29-280
most recent 24 JUL 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 JUL 08 by Beth Dewsbery
Mu Mutabilis is actually doing very well for being so young, really blooming well, despite only about 4 hours of sun per day & only 18 months in the ground. However, I am wondering whether to prune it this winter, heavily or lightly, or just leave it as is to continue on its merry way?
Reply #1 of 2 posted 24 JUL 08 by Cass
Hi, Beth, if it were my plant, I'd use a light hand. I prune nothing but dead wood from mine. Once it is more mature, in four or five years, you can prune to shape as necessary. It's a twiggy thing by nature here in the desert West, where our summers are dry. If we had summer rain, I'd be more comfortable with more pruning. I've seen very mature plants grown as a traffic median strip hedge in Milano. It rains there through the spring and into early summer, so Mutabilis has lots of soil moisture to grow all summer.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 24 JUL 08 by Beth Dewsbery
we're lucky here in Johannesburg, South Africa, that winter itself is very dry, needing irrigation, but lots & lots of rain in the summer so I am looking forward to Mutabilis showing her stuff. I love the architecture she shows, with the scattering of delicate flowers even now in midwinter.
Discussion id : 27-388
most recent 17 JUN 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 15 JUN 08 by Chris
I had always wanted to plant Mutabilis, but i am in northeastern Connecticut, zone 5b,I did read in this months' American Rose that someone heard that it can survive in zone 5. Does anyone have any experience with this? chris
Reply #1 of 2 posted 16 JUN 08 by Karen
I have also been interested in planting Mutabilis in my zone 5 garden and settled on Chireno which comes from a cross of Mutabilis and Carefree Beauty. Chireno is hardy to zone 4. I planted it this year and really look forward to seeing it develop into a full grown bush.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 17 JUN 08 by Chris
that's well worth finding out about! I can't wait! chris
Discussion id : 11-591
most recent 14 MAY 07 SHOW ALL
Initial post 16 MAR 06 by I Love Roses
More people should grow this rose! It stays covered in blooms and it is a constant show of changing colors. Also, it's not a bad looking shrub for shape and foliage. Very hardy and seems to repel blackspot in all but the most humid weather, although it does like a little shade to keep from getting "wilty" in the hottest part of Summer. Depending on where you grow it, it can get very large. (My original plant is now 8' plus high and 5' plus wide) It really should be grown more!

When I accidentally cut too much one day while pruning, I stuck a piece of what I cut in the ground and forgot about it. That turned very quickly into a three foot tall shrub from which I have rooted 6 more plants. I now have a "Mutabilis hedge" and my neighbors are envious...
Reply #1 of 3 posted 20 AUG 06 by Unregistered Guest
I've been on the fence but with your comments and the photographs of the bush itself (not just the flowers) you've convinced me.  Any idea of how high it will likely get in zone 8 (Portland Oregon USA)?
Reply #2 of 3 posted 21 AUG 06 by I Love Roses
My original plant came from the Uncommon Rose in Oregon so you should do just fine with this rose in Oregon. I have heard tell of it reaching 10 feet or more, but it depends on the soil and your pruning regimen more than your area I think. You will love this rose, not just for the flowers but the bush is lovely too. Best of luck to you!
Reply #3 of 3 posted 14 MAY 07 by kelli
If you haven't bought as yet, this rose on clearance at Wayside Gardens online. My two are 5 yrs old and doing great so ordered 6 more. With the clearance prices, you could give the rose a try without hurting the budget! Good luck!
Discussion id : 18-789
most recent 14 MAY 07 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 14 MAY 07 by kelli
I bought this rose bush about 5 yrs ago and love it. It does get large but puts on a continuous show of multiple colors. Neighbors love it. I just ordered 6 more from Wayside Gardens enjoying their clearance prices. The only thing I don't like about the rose is that the thorns are brutal! But, it's a small price to pay for the show. No blackspot so far and thrives in my zone 6.
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