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Could anybody tell me whether these are “suckers”. I seem to remember reading somewhere a long time ago that true rose leaves only have 5 leaves but these have 7. These are not growing from the base of the root but from branches. They are also on well established roses. 


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645
    edited August 2019
    Suckers grow from the rootstock so, assuming you still have the original grafted rose growing above ground and these are shoots from that, then they are just new shoots.   Quite a few of my roses produce this lovely coppery colour in their new shoots.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,107
    Roses with various shrub rambler and species roses in their ancestry frequently have more than five leaflets. 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • In addition to points made above, I have read that the coppery shoots are never from rootstock; rootstock shoots would be green.
  • Thankyou all for your answers. All very much appreciated 😊
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