Rosa x cantabrigiensis is probably the best known of a number of Cambridge roses which arose from the ground breaking hybridisation work undertaken by the geneticist Dr Charles Chamberlain Hurst. Working at here at the Garden from 1922-47, Hurst created many beautiful hybrids during his experimental work to disentangle the complex ancestry of the garden rose.
This beautiful free flowering shrub rose is a natural hybrid between R. sericea and R. hugonis. From May to June it produces delicate, fragrant, primrose-yellow flowers on elegant upright stems which arch gracefully with age.
Flowering best in a sunny situation on most soil types, it will also cope reasonably well in semi-shade. Examples can be found amongst the new plantings at the front of the Brookside entrance, close to the entrance to Cory Lodge, and in the Rose Garden. It was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1994.