Rosa canina x Baby Love

I hope this works. Photobucket is being weird.

Cute…how come you started this line?

Okay, so, this cross is 2 years mature. The 1rst years foliage was miniature. It is a definite climber. The new growth (and like 8 huge basals emerging from the ground) have full sized foliage thats the same size and quality of its species parent. This bloom was forced in a cup I brought home because I keep this rose about 15 miles away on a large property. The petal firmness is like Baby Love’s, which is an improvement over the species by far. The bud was coral and gold. The open bloom appears salmon and peachy-gold.

I am extremely excited because species crosses rarely go as one would hope. I am guessing this rose will be an 8-10’ climber, once-blooming with high vigor and general health.

George, I started this line for several reasons.

First off, I think Rosa canina, or at least the variation growing locally, is very aesthetic. This strain almost always through climbing canes up into trees if they are growing at the edge of forests. I noted that it had a touch of primrose right as it opened, so I was curious if it would be useful for mauve, yellow and yellow blend toned modern climbers. Also, it roots very well, has fuzzy new growth and has a low thorn count.

Its basic cons are that even though it really isnt disease prone here (Id say the other species are apt to mildew but I havent seen this one do that), it isnt specifically disease-resistant. In other words, its no wichurana. The other basic con is that I am guessing that the want to throw climbers is strong, so it’d probably take some patience and proper selection to get a non-climber in the next generation. I have no idea regarding its cold hardiness. I have never seen it die-back here, so I am guessing it is at least cane hardy to zone 6 and ground hardy to zone 5.

best of luck with it!

Very nice Jadae, the fact that it has a low thorn count is ideal.

Yeah, call me crazy but Im into keeping my hands attached to my wrists :slight_smile: Also, I hate the idea of having to garden with gloves. I even prune rugosas without gloves because I hate the feeling and loss of fine control from wearing them.

That’s very pretty. I guess I’m fairly predictable cuz if it was mine I would have to cross it with lafter.

I like it very much!

And I’ll bet that its offspring will have some surprises in store for you.

Nice work. Thanks for posting it.


Some time back I was asking about rubiginosa gamete ploidy levels and Tom replied saying that rubiginosa makes x4 ovules and x1 pollen. If canina is also pentaploid then that makes your canina x ‘Baby Love’ probably hexaploid!

Quite nice, and a very adventurous avenue to be taking. Are you sure it is R. canina you found? I didn’t think there were naturally occurring stands of it around here.

It would be great to learn its ploidy, for the sake of supporting what we know about canina genetics. Have you considered sending root tips to David Z. for testing?

This area of the Tualitin Valley has a few areas in which theyve naturalized – probably because they were once root stock. Theyre found in the northern and southern areas of Hillsboro that are largely farm land and forest, which were once areas of old homesteads.

I’d send whatever needed to anyone that wants to test the ploidy of both Rosa canina x Baby Love, Rosa canina x Royal Amethyst and even Rosa rubiginosa x Baby Love. I could also get local samples of the Rosa canina strain being translocated by birds (they love the hips) around here.