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Rosa chinensis (Rose, Mutabilis)

Rose, Mutabilis

Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis'


The Chinese Rose has many hybrids available, many that can be traced to their origins; Mutabilis’ origins are unknown, first appearing in 1896 in Italy. It was labeled “Earthkind Rose of the Year” by the Texas Cooperative Extension in 2005.

Its popularity is owed to the single (5 petal) blooms that open copper-yellow, then changing to pink, then finally crimson before dropping off all within a 36-hour timeframe. It’s common to see this rose bushy covered in blooms with all three colors at once any time from spring to fall. The petals are delicate, often curved and flowing in the slightest of wind, giving the impression of butterflies covering the bush.

Mutabilis is a vigorous grower, with a very lose and open growth habit, but will stay relatively the same height and width on its own. Pruning will help maintain its shape, but don’t expect it to make a thick, tight hedge without regular maintenance.

Like any rose, Mutabilis requires soil with good drainage – otherwise can tolerate soil that is acidic or alkaline. Once established it can be very drought and heat tolerant with very few pest problems. 

Accent Plant
Medium Hedge

Flower Color:

Yellow, Pink, to Red



5-6 Feet



5-6 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 6b

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun
Semi Evergreen
Water Needs