How to Make a Rose Bush Into a Tree


When you buy a rose tree from a gardening store, you are really purchasing a rose bush that has been grafted onto another stalk in order to give it the strength and stability it needs in order to develop as a tree. You don’t have to do much work to preserve these rose trees in their natural state as trees. According to RLROUSE Directory & Informational Resources, however, you may also “teach” your existing rose bush to grow as a tree in order to make it more suitable for your landscape. Given how simple they are to maintain, rose bushes are an excellent option for anyone looking to transform a shrub into a tree. However, in order to have a rose tree that thrives, you will need to provide your plant with additional care.

  1. Pick a rose bush that has a vertical centre stem that is reasonably growing straight, since this will give you the best results. The trunk of the rose tree will look like this when it’s finished. If the shrub does not already have a central trunk, you will not be able to transform it into a tree with a straight trunk since trees must have a central support. Because rose bushes do not develop over the winter, you will most likely have to wait until the summer before you can determine which rose bushes will have a strong, well-established core stem that you can work with.

  2. Using the pruning shears, remove all of the other stems and branches from the rose bush, leaving just the trunk in the middle. Remove the stems and branches from the plant to a point that is as near as possible to the ground or the main trunk.

  3. Using your pruning shears, remove the top portion of the central stem so that it is just above a bud. Because of this, the rose bush will be encouraged to sprout “branches” at the top of the tree.

  4. Place a tree stake into the earth at a distance of approximately an inch or two from the trunk of the rose bush. Gardening tape may be used to secure the stake to the tree’s trunk. This will provide the tree with strength as it continues to mature.

  5. Maintain the moisture content of the soil by watering it on a regular basis and covering the roots of the shrub with a layer of mulch that is at least 3 inches thick. According to the instructions provided by All-America Rose Selections, you should “water carefully, until the soil is well wet 12 to 18 inches deep.”

  6. After you have trimmed the stems and branches of your rose tree, apply fertiliser to the soil around it. Do this again in the spring, summer, and autumn whenever new leaves and flowers grow, as well as after each new bloom. For optimal growth, use a fertiliser that is specifically formulated for roses. Roses do not need to be fertilised during the winter because they do not produce new growth when the weather is cold.

  7. Remove all of the stems and branches that are growing below the point where you want the top branches to develop and start growing. Because of this, the rose tree will not return to its previous form of growth as a bush.

    Things You Will Need

    • Pruning shears

    • Rose fertilizer

    • Mulch


    In addition, Fine Gardening suggests making use of an already established tree. Train your roses to climb the tree by first training them to climb the pole that is angled toward the tree and then the tree itself.