The Complete Guide for Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose (Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’) Care


The Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose, otherwise known as the Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’ or Lady Banks’ Rose, Yellow Banksian Rose, Yellow banksia Rose, Double Yellow banksia Rose, Rambler Roses, Climbing Roses, is a rather well known climber plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its average maintenance and fast growth, this climber will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!

The fundamental caring guidelines for every Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose can be summed up into the following:

  • Water: The Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.
  • Light: Keep your Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’ in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, chalk, and loam.

That’s it – sunlight, water and soil! The basic 3 fundamentals for all plant care, and with the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose this is no exception. With these three elements, your leafy friend will live healthy and happy.

Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose flowers

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose belongs to the Rosaceae family, the genus Rosa and the species Banksiae, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’ (ROH-zuh BANK-si-a).

As with other Rosa’s, the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose is a semi-evergreen plant, which means it will shed its leaves but only for a short period of time.

Growing Region

As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.

With this in mind, the Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’ will be most used to the heat zones in the 8 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b and the ideal climate zone is between 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But what exactly does this mean for your Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…

The Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’ can grow up to 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m) in 15′ – 20′ (4.5m – 6m) and 6′ – 10′ (180cm – 3m) in 6′ – 10′ (180cm – 3m). 

Water

In terms of watering, the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’ wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose care

Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

The Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose’s ideal soil potting mix is made out of sand, chalk, and loam.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this climber will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’ in 

Season

Being a semi-evergreen plant, the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose will shed its leaves but only for a short period of time.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid, late), and during the summer (early).

Flowers

You can expect your Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose to flower around the spring months from April to June (spring).

In particular, this climber is well known for its fragrant, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose produces some beautiful yellow, or white flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose have a beautiful green color during most of the year.

The Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose is well known for being able to attract butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose up close

Garden

How should you then organize your garden to include your new Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose? Here are some recommendations by expert gardeners.

Most Rosa Banksiae ‘Lutea’ owners agree that this climber will look great in most cottage and rustic gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, and in mediterranean garden styles. 

In particular, the Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose’s best location within your garden is in pergolas, wall-side borders, arbors, trellises, and in walls and fences, others use it for landscaping in a specimen, privacy screen, coastal exposure, barrier, cutting garden, espalier, or a urban garden.

Companion Plants

Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Clematis, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Buxus will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!

Conclusion

And we’ve come to an end. Fortunately, that’s everything you need to know about your Yellow Lady Banks Climbing Rose to keep it safe and sound in your garden or home. Enjoy planting!

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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