Zephirine Drouhin Climbing Rose

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2-Quart
Item # 39970
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This classic old-fashioned climber offers big semi-double blooms of bright pink, peaking in spring and fall.

Introduced in 1868, 'Zephirine Drouhin' is a romantic, fantastically fragrant, old-fashioned Rose that is still one of the most popular Climbing Roses today, especially in Europe. No Modern Rose has been able to exceed it for sheer performance and season-long bloom.

Peaking in spring and fall, the loose, semi-double blossoms of vivid cerise-carmine provide outstanding mass effect. Each bloom is about 4 inches across, opening from a long, pointed bud and made up of 20 to 30 richly colored petals that are infused with a strong damask scent.

The plant grows vigorously to 15 to 20 feet high and 4 to 5 feet wide and, remarkable for any Rose, performs well in shade! It's an excellent choice for north-facing walls and areas with little sunlight.

The rich, dark green foliage (coppery-purple when young) is very mildew-resistant, and the canes are thornless, making it great for planting where traffic is heavy or children are nearby. This classic, time-tested climbing rose is the perfect choice to train over a trellis or porch, or trim into a formal hedge. Plant in moist, well-drained, loamy soil. Zones 5-9.

Genus2 Rosa
Variety 'Zephirine Drouhin'
ItemForm 2-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Late Spring - Early Fall
Habit Climbing
PlantHeight 15 ft - 20 ft
PlantWidth 4 ft - 6 ft
BloomSize 3 in - 4 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Flower, Fragrance, Thornless
BloomColor Magenta, Pink, Rose
BudShape Long, Pointed
FoliageColor Glossy, Medium Green
Fragrance Damask, Strong
LightRequirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Resistance Powdery Mildew
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Ornamental, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands
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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Zephirine Drouhin Rose
Deb from AZ wrote (March 11, 2013):
I planted this 20 years ago on the wall of my storage room in Mesa, AZ. Morning sun and afternoon shade. It was spectacular, vigorous, fragrant. Will try it here in Ely, NV, but suspect the harsh winter will kill it.
Beautiful in dappled shade!
Nancy from UT wrote (April 06, 2012):
This is the only rose I've ever seen that does well in open shade. I've planted it on a trellis in the space between two houses. It gets morning sun but shade the majority of the day. The rose has been in this spot for 15 years and it is thriving! When I open the windows on that side of the house, it fills the rooms with that wonderful old-rose fragrance! I am buying another to put on the other side of the house. I highly recommend this lovely rose.
LOVE this rose!
Sara from TX wrote (January 27, 2012):
This climbing rose smells soooo good. I recently moved and had to leave it, sadly. I will definitely order another one! Thornless--big plus!

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