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Common Name: shrub rose
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Rosaceae
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 3.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to frost
Bloom Description: Medium Pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest, Thorns


Best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Best flowering and disease resistance occur in full sun. Water deeply and regularly (mornings are best). Avoid overhead watering. Good air circulation promotes vigorous and healthy growth and helps control foliar diseases. Summer mulch helps retain moisture, keep roots cool and discourage weeds. Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Crowns need winter protection in cold winter areas such as St. Louis. Remove and destroy diseased leaves from plants (as practicable), and clean up and destroy dead leaves from the ground around the plants both during the growing season and as part of a thorough clean-up during winter (dormant season). Prune as needed in late winter to early spring.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This upright, bushy, compact, shrub rose hybridized by the late Griffith Buck of Iowa State University typically grows 3-5' tall and 3-4' wide. Features large, fragrant, pink, semi-double blooms (to 4" across) which occur in small clusters on arching canes. Blooms profusely from late spring to frost. Glossy, dark green foliage. Orange hips in fall with good persistence into winter.


Roses are susceptible to a large number of diseases, the most common of which are black spot, powdery mildew, rust and rose rosette. Although good cultural practices are the first line of defense in disease control, regular preventative fungicide applications throughout the growing season are usually required, particularly in humid climates with regular summer rainfall such as the St. Louis area. As the name suggests, CAREFREE BEAUTY has excellent disease resistance. Potential insect problems include aphids, beetles, borers, scale, thrips, rose midges, leafhoppers and spider mites. Local rose associations and extension services are usually able to offer specific recommendations and advice for selecting and growing roses.

Garden Uses

Shrub or mixed border, cottage, wild or rose garden. Excellent specimen. Also effective as a hedge.