Chinese Old Blush Rose
Rosa ‘Old Blush’, also known as ‘Parsons’ Pink China’, ‘Old Blush China’, ‘Old China Monthly’ etc., is a China rose derived from Rosa chinesis, and is generally accepted as the first East Asian rose cultivar to reach Europe. It is recorded in Denmark in 1752 and England in 1793, but was probably cultivated in China for several centuries
‘Old Blush’ has light silvery pink semi-double flowers of medium size, that darken as they age. They have a light to strong tea fragrance, a cupped to flat bloom form, and an average diameter of 7 centimeters (2.8 in).The red buds appear in clusters almost continuously from early June to the first frost – in warmer regions even throughout the year, and can develop to small, red rose hips.
The shrub has an arching from, few prickles and mid-green leaves that have a crimson color when young. It grows 100 to 150 centimeters (3.3 to 4.9 ft) tall and about 90 to 120 centimeters (3.0 to 3.9 ft) wide, tolerates half shade, poor soils, and is winter hardy down to -18 °C (USDA zone 6 to 7). The cultivar can be trained as a small climber, reaching up to 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) height.