Mutabilis Rose Bushes

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General Info RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Colour Multicoloured
Type Shrub Rose
Ornamental Repeat Flowering
Flowering Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Rosa × odorata / chinensis Mutabilis

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
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Mutabilis - Shrub needs...
  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


    From £6.00

  • Organic Rose Feed

    Neudorff Rose Feed

    From £5.88

  • Garden Mulch

    RocketGro Mulch

    From £12.96

  • Compost, Rocket Gro Soil Improver

    RocketGro Compost, Soil Improver

    From £12.96

Mutabilis Shrub Rose

The Mutabilis rose (Rosa chinensis or Rosa × odorata) is also often called the Butterfly Rose due to the unusual way the petals change colour, often in the course of a single day. Also sold as Tipo Ideale. Starting off a bright yellow, they turn orange, then pink and finally crimson. On a good day a Mutabilis rose can look as if a mass of butterflies has landed on its foliage.

A larger than average shrub rose, growing to 7ft tall, Rosa chinensis works very well as a hedging rose, or as a small climber against a fence or wall. The simple flowers let off the most heady, spicy scent.

See the full range of shrub rose bushes, and all our roses here.

Great for your garden

For the best flowering show, they prefer sunny, sheltered spots. Stunning against a fence in a sunny garden or terrace, especially near a seating area, where the heady scent can be appreciated. Their dense and bushy foliage and thorny stems are also extremely effective when grown as a hedge. Impenetrable but beautiful and sweet smelling!

The flowers are very short-lived but are produced incessantly from July through to September to stunning effect against the slim dark green foliage.


  • Shrub
  • Pale yellow turning to pinks, oranges and finally dark crimson.
  • Has a medium flat single flower
  • A mild but sweet fragrance, which turns spicy with age.
  • Final Height and spread 7ft x 6ft
  • Flowers continuously July – September 
  • Disease resistance is high

Look out for

It is important to note here that planting this rose in more exposed conditions will affect its flowering. On the plus side in warmer spots it is nearly evergreen.


First identified around 1896 in Italy, although it is widely thought to be a very old rose of Chinese origin.
Evergreen in warmer climates, obviously not in the UK though!
Not a cutting garden candidate due to the fact that the flowers only last a day on the plant once they come out into bloom.
Unlike any other rose, the flowers will often go through the whole spectrum of their colours in one day. This is due to the pigments in the petals changing in the sunlight at the various stages of the flowers unfolding.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order


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    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order


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    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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