Old China Roses - The introduction of the perpetual-flowering China rose into rose breeding brought repeat flowering into European cultivated roses, and led to the development of the Teas and Hybrid Teas.
China roses tend to be low growing, small twiggy plants with recurrent blooms. (There are some exceptions such as ‘Mutabilis’) They would probably be the untidiest rose bushes. China roses resent being pruned, yet can be developed into a hedge with careful trimming. Prune by deadheading with an eye to the shape you want. It is better to remove entire old canes rather than removing twiggy growth, as the flowers tend to grow on such twigs. Remove all dead, diseased and damaged wood in winter.