Friday, April 20, 2012

Rosa laevigata, the Cherokee rose

The Cherokee rose, that is, from southern China and actually points even farther south. This is a frightening rose; this young specimen has produced sturdy 10 foot canes in one season. While it has a pleasant perfume, and very attractive and curious hips, the thought of that root system growing and growing and growing frightens me. What if some year we somehow neglect to prune the top?The bottom of the China Valley path will disappear.

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