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The seven leaf rose, is it a sucker?

Wlll its a beautiful day here in Dublin and I, a novice, am attending to the rose garden. Last summer my late Mum was running the show here as she did for many years

This is one rose with 7 light green per stem, not too prickly which too me looks evasive. Is it? 

Seems to be coming from under the root base?

What shall I do?





  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 498

    Most likely a sucker, from your description. Most hybrids have 5 leaflets with the occasional three, and the leaves are a darker colour. 

  • Thank you Gold1locks\

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    Try and pull the sucker out rather than cutting it off.  It helps to loosen the soil around  where it emerges from the ground.  They grow direct from the rootstock and pulling them off is thought the lessen the chances of another forming, whereas cutting it may promote more. 

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • I have a rose tree with seven leaves on a branch.This does not come from the base of the plant so I do not know whether it is a sucker or not.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,094

    If it doesn't come from the base of the plant it's not going to be a sucker.

     Although the majority of modern-type roses have only 5 leaflets, Old-type roses, ramblers and specie roses have more.  

    Sadly lots of people have destroyed lovely roses because of the mistaken dictum that 'if it has more than 5 leaflets it's no good'. image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I never knew about 5 leaflets. I always worked on theory that if grows from below root stock, is robust and fast growing, quite pale and hardly any no thorns it was a sucker.

    Bob I've taken note of what you posted and will do that if I get any.

  • This is really helpful. We have a new Fantin-Latour rose which was only about 40 cm when planted. It produced about 20 blooms but has produced 5 or 6 long shoots with 7 leaflets. I was worried but am now reassured.

    Paul. Herts

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,094


    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • maria 3maria 3 Posts: 17

    I have a rosa masquerade which I planted earlier this year. It is growing well and I have been training it along my fence. It has not flowered at all, and now all of a sudden there are 7 new and very vigorous shoots coming from the very bottom of the plant, all with 7 leaves. I am not sure whether to leave them, or whether they will take over and stop the original rose from growing. Should I remove them?

  • I have bought rose cuttings planted in cover. Now all the new shoots are seven leaves. But not below rootstock. But growing like wild

    stem is thick of one inch diameter

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