'Canary Bird' rose Description
Photo courtesy of David Elliott
Deep yellow Shrub.
Registration name: Canary Bird
Exhibition name: Canary Bird
Golden-yellow. Mild to strong fragrance. Average diameter 2". Medium to large, single (4-8 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form. Spring or summer flush with scattered later bloom.
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).
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).
There are two roses named Canary Bird.
This Canary Bird, which is in commerce, is a hybrid of Rosa xanthina
or Rosa hugonis.
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.