GOLD BUNNY – Floribunda rose which sported out to a Climbing rose – warm yellow, full petalled blooms in abundance over the whole flowering season


Bred by Paolino, France, 1978 with the climbing version also introduced by Meilland in 1991 this magnificent rose is one of the significant heralds that Spring is sprung and once Gold Bunny starts flowering, it literally does not stop. There is an abundance of large, fluffy and warm golden yellow blooms which fade to cream on a short bush with lush mid-green, healthy foliage.

Gold Bunny is an ideal standard rose because it is a moderate grower with a lovely urn-shaped growth habit.

This is definitely a rose which loves attention in the form of regular fertilizing and foliage applications of liquid seaweed – if you treat this rose with the loving it deserves, it will reward you by being the biggest show-off. The fertilizer should be applied while Gold Bunny is in full flower and that way, she doesn’t collapse under the pressure of producing such a magnificent display of blooms … but sheds cleanly and presses on to produce the next round of flowers.

  • Extraordinarily free flowering golden yellow blooms throughout the season
  • Ideal for borders and as a standard rose
  • Stunning climbing rose
  • Very healthy enjoying copious feeding and TLC


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.

25 Replies to “GOLD BUNNY – Floribunda rose which sported out to a Climbing rose – warm yellow, full petalled blooms in abundance over the whole flowering season”

  1. My well established (9years) Gold Bunny climbing roses on post and chains is throwing red roses and the yellow blooms have a red rim around the petals
    Can you tell me what’s happening and how to fix it? There are about 8 down each side.

    1. Hey Linda … is this the first time you’ve noticed the ‘red rose’? What you have is the understock ‘Dr. Huey’ growing as a sucker and you need to take immediate action to remove this understock!!! If you just trim it at ground level, I assure you, within a few years, you will only have red flowers in the Spring and the ‘Clb. Gold Bunny’ will be gone – I urge you not to let that happen!

      To remove the suckers, get down on your hands and knees at the base of the plant, scrape back some soil near the sucker and see where it’s source is – it will be attached to the understock – might be way deep, could be quite obvious not too far down!

      Put you garden gloves on!!! Once you’ve revealed the source of the understock branch, grab hold of it and yank it really hard and fast – I liken it to when the kids had a loose tooth and I would ask them if I could take a look and wobble it maybe … quick yank, tooth gone and kid wondering what the heck happened and excited about the tooth fairy coming that night!

      Side-tracked … back on topic – ok, so you yanked the sucker away from the understock. Very importantly, is there a nice rounded end on what you pulled away?

      If not, get a sharp Stanley knife and remove the ‘eye’ by cutting inwards and upwards under the eye and inwards and downwards from above the eye.

      Push the soil back over the wound and give the plant a good dose of liquid seaweed!

      If the understock continues to grow, you may have to remove the entire plant and put new roses in this location … have a go at removal first!

      Good luck … Diana

      1. Yes! This is what happened to me. I thought that cutting back the red would do enough, but no! The gold bunny stopped growing. I’ve had to remove the plant and am on the hunt for a new gold bunny.

        1. I’ve stopped stocking CLIMBING GOLD BUNNY because it generally loses vigour and dies after anywhere between 6-10 years … the bush is sensational but find another great yellow climbing rose! Cheers .. Diana

        1. Yes, we have GOLD BUNNY bush rose but don’t stock the CLIMBING GOLD BUNNY any more as it tends to either revert to bush or simply up and die after many years of robust growing and flowering! We don’t know why but would prefer to not stock a rose which has such a fault … cheers – Diana

  2. I always tell all my friends at garden club if you can only have one rose please buy gold bunny. it is so rewarding, blooms for 9months with abund

    1. Prune it anytime by taking spent blooms off … don’t EVER give it a very hard prune or it might revert to the bush – or in fact, simply succumb and die! Cheers – Diana

  3. I am trying to grow climbing gold bunny to eventually surround the kitchen window, along with a clematis jackmanii entwined with it. The sun does not hit the garden bed until around 10am and remains there until around 5pm-would this be enough sun to encourage growth? Or should the plant have more “morning” sun?

    1. BRILLIANT location for those two to do their thing … are you happy with the results so far? I suggest you do a weekly soak with seaweed solution and deep soak the two of them at least weekly … there’s something wrong in your management if these two aren’t leaping out of the grounds and flowering profusely together … both sensational! Cheers … Diana

  4. Hi, I would like to plant some roses in my back yard and some in the front. I am thinking of planting some rose climbers on my back fence. I have red geraniums in the front of the garden and would like the Gold Bunny climber as colour contrast on the fence. Someone I spoke to says yellow roses aren’t the best. Pls advise whether I should still go for the Gold Bunny. I have also looked at some other yellow roses like soul mate, climbing glory and smooth buttercup.
    Also for weeping roses which will be spectacular out of these : pinkie, ruffles or China doll. I would like to plant 2 in front yard.
    The third area is a front circular wall where I would like a climber also. I have these in mind : Red Pierre, Red cascade or Dublin Bay.
    Which would be your suggestion?
    Keeping in mind I would like thornless or minimal thorns.
    Thanks and look forward to hearing from you.

  5. Hi, I want to plant a climbing rose in a location that has around 3-4 hours of filtered sun in Melbourne. Can you please let me know which of the following climbing roses is best suited for this location. Iceberg, Golden Bunny, Dublin Bay, Crepuscule? Thanks

  6. Hi, I have just been given a Gold Bunny rose it is in a concrete pot, there were two very tall strong looking branches one dead the other had a few normal looking very dry leaves looking as though it was on its last legs.
    I removed the dead branch fed and watered the plant. It suddenly shot into life but with weird looking flowers and leaves, the leaves sprouted from soil level all the way up to the top but they look like whispy ferns, the flowers look spidery however there is one flower that looks as it should but half the size. The lady who gave it to me said it needs to go into the ground then it will come right…. any ideas. …many thanks for your help.

  7. Hi. I was thinking of getting a climbing Gold Bunny to cover a longish colour bond fence and combine with purple and mauve African Daisies but after reading your comments about the issues with it, I think I have changed my mind. Are there other long flowering yellow climbers that might suit better – that grow to about 3 X 3 (or even wider)? Or are all climbing yellows a bit problematic and would I be better to go with a long flowering pink (I also love the Pierre de Ronsard and Zepherine Drouhin).

    1. For a yellow you could use GOLDEN CELEBRATION but if you are ok with pinks, I know you’ll be thrilled with PIERRE DE RONSARD … ZEPHERINE DROUHIN can be a bit more difficult as she’s a mildew magnet and needs to be planted out in the very most open part of the garden! Take a look at other colours perhaps or email me for more suggestions for your location. Cheers – Diana

  8. Diana, is it correct that the climbing yellow rose on the pillars of the Flemington gate is Climbing Gold Bunny please. Looks brilliant and after reading that it may not be so vigorous, if that is the correct namely this beautiful display.

    1. Yes definitely .. that’s GOLD BUNNY CLB on those arches and yes, fabulous … I just cannot justify selling this rose when 1/2 of the customers I sell it to lose the rose or it reverts to a bush … it’s a dilemma and I have to go in favour of experience!!! Weren’t the roses at Flemington spectacular ??? I went on Oaks Day and was awed by their beauty! Cheers = Diana

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