Sweet Spirit 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 shrub will require spent flowers to be pruned to encorage new flower development, and is best pruned to about 8 to 12 inches in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Sweet Spirit Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications:
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Sweet Spirit Rose features showy cherry red flowers at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The oval compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Planting & Growing
Sweet Spirit Rose will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 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 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.