Bonica ®

Type: Landscape

Large clusters of 2 1/2" soft candy-pink, fully double blooms are produced on arching canes covered with mid-green foliage. A lovely continual blooming shrub rose perfect for mass planting, hedges or specimen planting. Light tip pruning in the spring. Bright orange hips in the fall. The first shrub rose to win the All-American Award winner.

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(Gallon Pot)

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Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) Bonica 82, Bonica Meidiland®, Démon
Specifc ARS Score 8.4
Bloom Type Fully Double
Breeder Code MEIdomonac
Characteristics Fragrance, Hedge, Hips, Shade
Specific Color Soft Pink
Country of Origin France
Fragrance Lightly Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 4 (-30° to -20°), 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # Pat. 5150
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant Yes
Approximate Size 4 1/2' X 4'
Year 1987


Customer Reviews (7)

Pleasantly surprisedReview by margaret
My Bonica rose has done amazingly well in spite of a horrible Kansas summer. Clay soil, hot winds, high temperatures didn't seem to phase it at all. It hasn't gotten very big, but this is the first year and the blooming was terrific. The blooms are dainty and abundant and just keep coming. This rose is a definite keeper and I'm anxious to see how much more beautiful it will become through the years. (Posted on 10/1/2017)
LovelyReview by Shelley
Summer, 2017 - Bonica started to bloom shortly after I planted it in my yard. I was pleasantly surprised to see beautiful flowers so soon. I absolutely love it and wish I had purchased more for my garden. It will be interesting to see how big it gets. (Posted on 9/29/2017)
Gorgeous roseReview by susabella
I have had the Bonica in my gardens for several years. It is beautiful, it grows huge if it likes the spot it's planted. I have not had any problems, pests or diseases with it, but have had to cut it back occasionally as it got too big for it's location. Right now, I'm trying to find a perfect location in my current garden for another one. A few years ago I think I read that there was an improved variety, but I don't know what would need improving. (Posted on 8/24/2017)
Awesome!Review by Ashley
I bought Bonica in a gallon pot in July 2016 and it took off as soon as I unboxed it, producing a few blooms and good foliage through September - all in a large pot with less than ideal sun (about 3-4 hours of direct sun in the afternoons). I proceeded to completely neglect it from October through April. Like, I literally just didn't even give it a glance, no pruning, no cover from snow/ice, nothing. Well, by mid-March, it was leafing out like crazy and now in mid-May, this thing is like 4 feet wide x 3 feet tall with thick canes and profuse leaves, looks like it's actually climbing out of its pot, and has some buds popping out already. It's a bit unusual to see a rose this bushy and ready to bloom in mid-May around these parts (Long Island, NY), especially one that is currently getting, at best, 2-3 hours of very filtered/indirect sun each afternoon. To be totally honest, this plant is sitting in the shade, for all intents and purposes. I've plucked a couple of aphids off of it, but not a hint of black spot despite its dark location and a ton of rain this spring. This is a seriously tough rose and if you're looking for something that is zero-maintenance and determined to thrive in the worst of conditions, Bonica is a great choice. While I'm not head over heels for its blooms, I will keep it in mind for the future for low hedges or other large-scale planting. I bought five different roses from Heirloom last summer and this one is the winner of that group by a very long margin! (Posted on 5/15/2017)
Stellar cold climate roseReview by Carol
I bought three barefoot Bonica roses last year and they bloomed all summer and well into the fall. The bushes produced prolific flowers. It's been a long brutal winter and I'm hoping they survived. If not I'll buy more and replant them. These are gorgeous and tough little roses. (Posted on 4/10/2017)
Tough little roseReview by Catgardener
I've had my Bonica for about 30 years. It has survived drought, freezes, neglect and shade and still keeps blooming. While the flowers are smallish and there's no detectable scent the pink blooms are cheerful and it's disease resistance is awesome. (Posted on 2/20/2017)
Bonica doing wellReview by Danny
I planted Bonica two weeks ago and it doing well. Better than bareroot roses from another company. I will buy all future rose's from Heirloom Roses. (Posted on 6/6/2014)

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