Definition of China rose in English:

China rose


  • 1A Chinese rose that was introduced into Europe in the 19th century.

    Rosa chinensis, family Rosaceae

    • ‘In China, flower heads of the red China rose, R. semperflorens, are sometimes cooked whole as a vegetable.’
    • ‘Over the next decade the Dutch and British East India Companies brought back dozens of new China roses, leading to the development of Teas, Bourbons, and Portlands.’
    • ‘To my intense regret, I cannot grow China roses; they are hardy only from zones 7 through 10.’
    • ‘Rosa chinensis ‘Mutabilis’, a China rose, has single blooms in shades of buff, pink, and red from spring into winter.’
    • ‘For most visitors, the most breathtaking part of Gravetye was the west garden, brimming with tea and China roses and surrounded by wisteria-clad pergolas, arches, and trellises.’
    1. 1.1 Any of a number of garden rose varieties derived from crosses of the China rose.
      • ‘One nursery in Glasgow sold over 200 named varieties, but since the arrival of the modern China rose, trends have changed and many have been lost or confused with others.’
  • 2A tropical shrubby evergreen hibiscus, which is cultivated for its large showy flowers.

    Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, family Malvaceae

    • ‘There are indications that the very popular China rose (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) was introduced to the Chelsea Physic Garden in London in 1731.’
    • ‘The study shows that the china rose (Hibiscus rosasinensis) petal is a potent natural carotenoid source for goldfish to enhance its colour and also accelerate gonadal development.’
    • ‘Hibiscus plants (commonly known as 'China rose') have gorgeous velvety, exotic looking flowers.’