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Climbing Rose

Rosa selections

Climbing Rose

The acrobats of the rose world, climbing varieties develop long canes well adapted to training on pillars, fences, arbors, and gazebos. Most climbing roses are mutations or variations of bush-type varieties. They develop either large, single flowers or clustered blooms on a stem. Climbers may bloom once a season or continually, depending on the variety. Climbers can be trained to bloom more heavily by leading their canes in a horizontal direction. Loose anchoring to a support will encourage young plants to climb.

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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
6-10 feet tall, depending on variety
Plant Width:
To 6 feet wide, depending on variety
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Privacy,Slopes
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Fragrant,Winter Interest,Attracts Birds,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Rosa 'Alberic Barbier' was bred in 1900, and is still popular today. This charming climber offers pale yellow buds unfurling to warm ivory flowers that are double in form and scented with a green apple fragrance. Vigorous and rambling, the plant grows 15-20 feet tall and is hardy in Zones 5-9.
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Rosa 'Altissimo' has large single red flowers that glow like embers against the medium green foliage. It blooms repeatedly through the season, too. The disease-resistant plant grows vigorously to 6-10 feet tall. This French-bred variety is hardy in Zones 5-9.
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Rosa 'America' marked the beginning of the modern climber class and won the 1976 All-America Rose Selections award. Large, pointed buds unfurl to many-petaled, coral-pink blooms that show their 'Fragrant Cloud' heritage. The flowers are produced in sprays and have a spicy fragrance. Upright, disease-resistant plants can be slow to start climbing. They grow 8-16 feet tall and are hardy in Zones 6-9.
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Rosa 'Don Juan' is an all-time favorite red-flowered climber. It seems to have it all: plush, hybrid tea-style blooms with a tart citrusy fragrance; glossy, disease-free foliage; and reblooming vigor. Flower color is a velvety dark green and the open blooms are cupped. It climbs 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 5-9
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Rosa 'Eden' is becoming an instant classic for its huge, romantic blooms that appear profusely throughout the season. The flowers are composed of up to 100 petals tinted in shades of pale pink, cream, and soft yellow. Extremely hardy, the plant lends itself well to arbors, trellises, and fences in colder climates. It climbs 10 feet tall by 6 feet wide. Zones 5-9
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Rosa 'Fourth of July' is an award-winning variety with semidouble, ruffled red and white-striped flowers. Blooms repeat continually and yield to large, orange hips in fall. It climbs 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide in milder climates, but will remain shrubby in colder regions. Zones 5-10
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Rosa 'Golden Showers' is always in bloom. The ruffled, semidouble flowers impart their sunshine throughout the season, perfuming the air with a light fragrance. Plants grow 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Zones 8-10
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Rosa 'Joseph's Coat' is a dependable climber for many different climates and is very showy, offering cupped, semidouble blooms of yellow blended with cherry red. The plant grows 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Zones 5-10
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Rosa 'New Dawn' is a great choice for an arbor in almost any climate. This repeat-blooming variety features lush, petal-packed blooms of the softest pink. The sweetly fragrant flowers are clustered on long, strong stems. It grows 18 feet tall and is disease resistant. Zones 5-9
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Rosa 'Sombreuil' features fully double blooms in a warm ivory peach from late spring through fall. Their fragrance is a sweet, grapefruit zest scent. The arching canes feature healthy, disease-resistant foliage. Plants grow to 10 feet tall. Zones 6-9
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