Canary Bird is one of the earliest roses to flower, bringing a cascade of buttery yellow, musk-scented single blooms to the late spring garden when it is one of the main attractions for pollinating insects.The flowers are carried on long, arching red barked stems which are an attraction in themselves. This is both a strong grower and a graceful shrub, well clothed in dark green, fern-like leaves. It is described as not being repeat flowering, but if it is happy, Canary Bird often produces a second flush in September. It also produces dark red/maroon hips which it holds well into winter.
This is a big rose however, often reaching 8-9ft (3m) and as much across, so it needs a bit of elbow room. If you have the space this is definitely a candidate for any rose garden. Lovely, very early flowers, heavenly scent, disease resistant and after more than 100 years, still a holder of an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Canary Bird is a super rose, but if she is not for you or if you want to look at other varieties as well then why not browse our full range of roses for sale here
Canary Bird does best in full sun which helps improve both its flowering and scent, but as it does much of its growing early in the year, this should be relatively easy to find. It can cope with semi-shade after it has flowered. Remember its size when planning where it will go; given 3-4 years it will be a big thing. Don't be put off by its only flowering once - it has beautiful shape and foliage and makes a great host for a smaller clematis which effectively extends its flowering season. Finally, if you have the space, Canary Bird makes a wonderful informal (and totally impenetrable) hedge or barrier.
A native of central china, Rosa xanthina is often called the Manchu Rose.