Drift rose bush

Zone Belmont North Carolina | Neesie704 added on April 23, 2015 | Answered

At the end of last year's growing season, my pink drift rose bush started putting out dark brownish red leaves in clusters and the blooms they produced were a small white flower, not pink. They were very healthy but just not the normal flower. This spring they have started doing it again with more dark red-brown leaf clusters. Is this normal?

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Answered on April 25, 2015

The darker new leaf clusters is usually no problem unless they are also disfigured looking, which can be a sign of a nasty rose rosette virus. I would contact the folks that brought forth the Drift roses at this website: And tell them what is going on. They will be interested to know and can then direct you on what to do and perhaps will replace the roses if need be.

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