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'Canary Bird' rose References
Book  (Feb 1993)  Page(s) 24.  Includes photo(s).
Canary Bird (Falsely called R. xanthina spontanea). Description and cultivation... The bright yellow flowers are carried all along the stem and are moderately scented...
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 65.  Includes photo(s).
[Listed under "Wild Roses and Their Cultivars"] ('Canary Bird', Rosa xanthina) a particularly fine form of Rosa xanthina. Lindley's original description of the species was taken from a Chinese drawing of a double yellow rose.
Website/Catalog  (1989)  Page(s) 49.  Includes photo(s).
CANARY BIRD (année 1911). Floraison précoce en avril-mai. Fleurs simples, larges, jaune vif tout le long des branches. Joli feuillage sain, port souple. Tailler après la floraison.
Book  (1988)  Page(s) 17.  Includes photo(s).
Canary Bird A particularly well-coloured clone of Rosa xanthina of unknown origin, possibly a hybrid between f. spontanea and f. hugonis. It makes a bush up to 2 m high and across and requires full sun and exposure in well-drained soil.
Website/Catalog  (1987)  Page(s) 39.  
Rosa Xanthina Canary Bird (1911) : floraison précoce et prolongée en avril-mai. Fleurs simples, larges, jaune vif tout le long des branches. Joli feuillage sain, port souple. Tailler après la floraison. Peut se palisser.
Website/Catalog  (1986)  Page(s) 13.  
Canary Bird..... Cg. 6 x 5’.
Article (website)  (1982)  Page(s) 11.  
Canady Bird (xanthina spontanea). One of the earliest to flower. Arching branches of bright yellow, single flowers with pronounced anthers.  About 1900.  • (SP) 6 x 6’. 
Book  (1981)  Page(s) 318.  
Canary Bird. Probably R. hugonis x R. xanthina; formerly thought to be R. xanthina f. spontanea, and confused with this. Shrub: flowers canary-yellow, single, 6-7 cm./2.4-2.8 in. across, May-June, very floriferous; hips blackish-red; growth chest-high, stems in the lower part armed with many triangular, large, flat prickles, arching, bark finally dark brown; leaflets 9-13, elliptic-oblong, denticulate, first hairy below. Exhibited in England for the first time in 1945.
Book  (1981)  Page(s) 152.  
The rose known as 'Canary Bird', although sparsely armed except on strong growths, clearly belongs to R. xanthina f. spontanea and is the commonest representative of the species in gardens. It makes a fine arching shrub to about 5 ft high, bearing canary-yellow flowers about 2 in. wide in late May or early June but, like R. hugonis, is subject to die-back if grafted.
Book  (1978)  Page(s) 213.  
'Canary Bird' Tall, Yellow, Late Spring
A joy each spring, when its dainty flowers turn the branches into yellow gauntlets arched down for perfect viewing. The colour is clear yellow, fresh and spring-like, not brazen in the slightest. A pleasant perfume surrounds the bush, and the ferny leaves are a pleasure all through the summer. The flowers are small, yet large in proportion to the leaves and stems behind them. This may not enjoy the more exposed and chilly areas, but the cost of a bush is slight compared with the pleasure that will ensue should the experiment be successful.

The species ought to be R. xanthina spontanea, but we are not sure whether it is now in cultivation. 'Canary Bird' was long thought to be that species, but appears to be a seedling probably raised in a Botanic Garden, and quietly passed around. Some of the stocks in Britain come from a fine form in the Botanic Garden at Edinburgh.
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