DESCRIPTION: Named after the ancient Canadian Shield rock formation that covers more than half of Canada, this rose was released in garden centers across the country in time for Canada’s...
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DESCRIPTION: Named after the ancient Canadian Shield rock formation that covers more than half of Canada, this rose was released in garden centers across the country in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Exciting small clusters of lovely scarlet red, fully double blooms that really stand out; bushy with glossy green foliage; blooms constantly throughout the season and will make a stunning visual impact along walkways, borders, or in the garden

BOTANICAL NAME: Rosa x 'Canadian Shield' CCA576
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 1.25 - 1.5 Meters
FLOWER COLOUR: Dark scarlet red
FLOWERING TIME: Early summer until late summer
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average to dry - Prefers well-drained soil
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Butterflies, Cut Flower, Fragrant

Ornamental features

The Canadian Shield™ rose is truly Canadian, possessing a refined beauty, yet hardy enough to thrive in the diverse conditions found across Canada. Its flowers are scarlet red and fully double with 42 to 52 petals per flower. Individual blossoms are large, averaging 8 cm (3 in.) in diameter. Small clusters of flowers are produced all over the plant, appearing in heavy flushes from mid summer to fall. The flowers are mildly fragrant, further setting them apart from many modern rose hybrids. The plants are bushy, with glossy green foliage that looks great all season long. As the name suggests, the Canadian Shield™ rose is winter hardy across Canada to Zone 3. Like all roses that come out of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, it is disease resistant and will not succumb to black spot or powdery mildew. For those familiar with rose classification, the Canadian Shield™ rose is a Floribunda rose.

Landscape Attributes

A versatile landscape plant, the Canadian Shield rose is a robust, compact shrub with an upright form that will grow up to 150 cm (5 ft.) tall and 120 cm (4 ft.) wide. Use it as a great feature specimen in a smaller garden or in a group planting. 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 shrub 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

Canadian Shield™ Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Canadian Shield™ Rose will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. 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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