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Limelight Rose

Rosa 'Limelight'

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Limelight Rose (Rosa 'Limelight') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

Rosa 'Limelight' flowers

Rosa 'Limelight' flowers

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Height: 5 feet

Spread: 3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: 5a

Other Names: St. Patrick Rose, Irish Luck Rose

Group/Class: Hybrid Tea Rose


This extraordinary hybrid has clear yellow blooms that grow increasingly green with age, creating a most unusual color display in the garden; produces masses of perfectly formed fully double blooms, and will tolerate heat and humidity; a beautiful accent

Ornamental Features:

Limelight Rose features showy lightly-scented yellow flowers with green edges at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges red in spring. The oval compound leaves are ornamentally significant and turn yellow in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Limelight Rose is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This rose will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Limelight Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Accent

Plant Characteristics:

Limelight Rose will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This rose should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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