Rosa ‘Golden Wings’

single yellow modern rose

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Outstanding Qualities

Golden Wings' is a photographer's dream due to its large, clear, almost single, pale golden flowers, with marmalade stamens, as rosarian Christine Allen likes to describe them. The flowers seem set to take flight from the matte, light green leaves. They develop from long, pointed buds and are borne singly or in clusters. Sweetly scented, the flowers of 'Golden Wings' appear from June until October, and can be used in arrangements. In autumn 'Golden Wings' produces apple-green hips.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Combine in a mixed border, with such companions as Spiraea japonica 'Gold Mound', blue and purple flowering perennials. 'Golden Wings' is robust enough to support a small-growing clematis once it has been established for a few years.

Great Color Contrasts: blue, dark green, purple, pink

Great Color Partners: rose, lavender, purple

Culture Notes
This vigorous rose flowers best in full sun with rich well-drained or sandy soil, but it will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. It is a heavy feeder and benefits from a regular application of fertilizer. Provide regular watering during dry weather to encourage lush growth and repeat flowering. It can be lightly pruned in the late fall or early winter to protect from winter wind damage. Major pruning to develop the shape of the plant should be done in early spring when the leaves are beginning to show green. It has good disease resistance.
Geek Notes
'Golden Wings' was introduced by Shepherd in 1956. Its parents are ('Soeur Therese' x Rosa spinosissima 'Grandiflora') crossed with 'Ormiston Roy.'