'Five Yuan' rose References
Magazine (2009) Page(s) 17, Vol 31, No. 3.
Helga Brichet: Five Yuan (One Thousand Lights'?). This cultivar was first noticed by a group of Italian rosarians visiting Yunnan near the Temple of 10,000 Camellias. It is a truly wonderful rose and plant which easily becomes a climber if left to do as it wishes. The colour change of the drooping petals is very marked, as too the perfume. Prickles are few and far between.
Book (2001) Page(s) 160.
Rose of the 10,000 Camellias Monastery
See page 28: our trip to Yunnan, where we got cuttings of these plants. One of the best roses we found in China! An erect evergreen shrub with green branches, m. 1.50 x 1.20, few thorns, dense light green shiny pointed leaves, slightly serrated. Continuous flowering, April to December, of individual 10-12 petals semi-double blooms, opening cyclamen pink, slowly becoming dark crimson. Planted in 2 large vases, their roots have pierced the terracotta bottom, and we had to build a flower bed around them.
Book (2001) Page(s) 28.
"In the 'Quest for the Rose' (Phillips & Rix) we had read about the Monastery of the 10,000 Camellias (Bai masi), on the lower slopes of a South facing hill. We wanted to know whether the beautiful Chinensis hybrid described and illustrated in " The Quest for the Rose' still existed. It was there indeed; and old gnarled plant growing against the retaining wall of the monastery garden. It produces semi-double dark pink flowers of medium to small size which aging become purple-red, from April - December. It has long slightly serrated leaves;flowers are produced on very this stalks. In the Lijiang Botanical Garden a woman gardener had a few plants of this rose;by paying her five Yuan we obtained some cuttings, which have rooted and from which grew four bushes. Two we gave away, two are in our garden, and have grown to m.1.50-1.80. It is the most floriferous rose we know."
Book (1993) Page(s) 51.
10,000 Camellias Red China Rose. "We found this superb, deep red, semi-double China Rose growing in the temple in the foothills a few miles outside Lijiang. It shows that there certainly are China Roses way up in the mountains of Yunnan that are not in cultivation in the West. It was just coming into flower as the season is quite a bit later at this altitude."