Hardy, deciduous, repeat-flowering shrub
Description: bears ivory white, semi- to fully-double flowers; mostly solitary or in clusters; round buds sometimes have a hint of pink on the outer petals opening to a delicate swirl of fragrant ivory petals; leathery foliage starts bronze and turns light green
Habit: bushy, medium-sized shrub growing 2 to 5 feet high and 2 to 5 feet wide
Culture: prefers full sun and rich, well-drained loam; can be grown in containers; fertilize annually
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 through 10
Formerly called Rosa indica ‘Ducher’ and Bengale Ducher, this white China rose was bred by Jean-Claude Ducher (1829-1874), of Lyon, France, and introduced in 1869. Like most China roses, ‘Ducher’ flowers in flushes throughout the season, but most reliably if the spent blossoms are removed; otherwise it will produce persistent, orange-red hips. The China roses bloom on new wood, so prune early to promote growth and flowering.