Fourth of July™ Climbing Rose


Large blooms, superb fragrance, and great adaptability

All-America Rose Selections (AARS) Winner 1999

You may not see fireworks, but you'll love the explosion of color displayed in Fourth of July™, an All-America Rose Award winner and popular favorite. This fragrant, repeat-bloomer is considered one of the best roses introduced in the last few decades.

The child of Roller Coaster x Altissimo, Fourth of July was the result of three years of formal trials, an unusually long period generally reserved for special cultivars. The time proved well worth it when it won an AARS Award in its debut year, the first climber to win such an honor in a quarter century.

With clusters of bright white, semidouble flowers accented by deep red stripes, Fourth of July may be closer than any other rose of resembling an American Flag. Featuring between 10 and 16 velvety petals, the 4-inch blooms contain an intoxicating fragrance, fittingly much like that of freshly baked homemade apple pie. Especially vigorous early in the season, they repeat throughout the entire summer. The reblooming begins the first year.

No matter your region of the country—North, South, East or West—Fourth of July shows uniform vigor and flower color. The climbing canes stretch 10 to 14 feet in length, a great size for walls, pergolas and trellises. Superb with other climbers or clematis in the garden, too. Disease resistant, it provides a consistent presence.

This great celebration of summer with its classic red striping and apple pie aroma, stands out brightly against healthy, dark-green foliage—much like fireworks unfurling against the dark, July night sky.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Rosa
Species hybrida
Variety WEKroalt
ppaf PP11,518
Zone 6 - 9
Bloom Start to End Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Climbing
Plant Height 10 ft - 14 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 6 ft
Bloom Size 4 in
Petal Count 16
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Flower, Fragrance, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Red, White
Bud Shape Long, Pointed
Foliage Color Dark Green, Glossy
Fragrance Apple, Moderate
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 4 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

December 18, 2018

Beautiful and hardy

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I purchased this unique climber last spring. Vigiourous, beautiful, hardy and easy to care for. This spring I'm going to transfer this climber to my arbor in front of my house to show off it's unique beauty and fabulous fragrance. I've never seen any climber to match this. I love It!

Denise Hayes from TN
April 22, 2018

Fine rose for zone 9 but has yellowing leaves

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I have had this rose for about three years. One year in one spot and then moved a couple of years ago to a better spot. The first spot ended up being to shady for this rose. In the first year I had yellowing of the leaves and also since afterwards. I used JP Rose fertilizer to help with the yellowing but it still yellows. I finally decided to live with it. Not sure how to keep it from yellowing, seems kinda particular. The only thing I can say though, that this year their is already a ton of flowers on my rose.

Rowan from CA
May 24, 2017

One of our Favorites

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

We ordered the 4th of July rose years ago when we lived in Oklahoma. So we are excited to have it again here in Illinois. Hopefully, it will be as hearty as the first time. It is one of our favorite plants and you can only get it at Jackson & Perkins. It did take longer than we expected but it was okay because we had so much rain and flooding we would not have been able to plant it. Now we are just waiting for the ground to dry out a bit.

from IL
May 19, 2017

Even more beautiful in person

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I bought 2 of these last year to climb up my shed. My reaction upon seeing the blooms was WOW! It has been a vigorous grower and is such a great splash of color. I am back this year to purchase an additional one as a gift.

Barbara from IL

Choosing Your Roses

Bare root roses are the most common form of roses for spring and early season planting, and come in two types: grafted and own root.

Grafted Bare root Roses
Own root Bare root Roses

Grafted roses, sometimes referred to as budded bare root roses, have roots that belong to a different variety of rose than the shoots. While the shoots will grow into the variety of rose you've selected, the root variety has been specially grown and developed for hardiness, improved resistance to common diseases, and improved resistance to certain weather conditions. The roots on any grafted rose you receive are usually already two years old, so they'll establish in your garden more quickly when planted.

Own root roses are grown from rose shoot cuttings and develop their own root system. Unlike grafted roses, both their roots and shoots come from the same variety of plant.

All Jackson & Perkins bare root roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth in our state-of-the-art wet cooler, so they'll be delivered to you with no foliage or blooms. The wet cooler has a uniform storage temperature set just above freezing and uses a fog system to provide consistent humidity of 100%, ensuring the roses remain fully hydrated and don't exit dormancy before leaving our facility. While you might see some variance in size, even within the same variety of bare root rose, all our roses meet the same rigorous standards of quality.

So, not sure which type of bare root rose you should choose? Don't worry, we've got that covered. We've researched which varieties of bare root roses grow better as grafted or own root, and both types can be planted in the early spring months, so just choose the variety of rose you're most interested in and get planting.

Though you might be surprised or intimidated when you receive a box of bare root roses filled with roots and shoots, rest assured, with the proper care, these little bundles will grow into stunning roses.

Container Roses

Container Roses

Container roses are typically available in 2-quart sizes or larger and come with established foliage that may or may not have blooms. While bare root roses should generally be planted in early spring, container roses allow you quite a bit more flexibility in planting time, from spring all the way through fall in many zones. Fall can be a good season to plant container roses because it allows them enough time to establish themselves before cold or freezing temperatures arrive.

Jackson and Perkins One Year Roses

What to Expect

If this is the first time your are planting a bare root rose, you may be surprised by their brown roots and dormant stem. However, bare root roses provide the easiest and fastest way of planting roses without the concern of transplant shock.

Bare root roses may appear to be dead upon arrival, but the plants actually have the advantage of being able to focus their energies on strong root development rather than having to support an extensive and stressful growth of leaves right after planting.

Bare root roses are the best option for early-season planting. In fact, late winter is the best time to plant. Our bare root roses are fully established plants that meet the highest industry standards. They arrive dormant, which makes them ideal for planting. The roots get to acclimate to native soil, as opposed to the packaged soil. Of course, since they are not in soil when you get them, there's no mess to contend with.

Bareroot Roses

Due to the nature of plants and the fact that some are younger than others, there will be some variance in the size of our bareroot roses. However, they have all gone through the same quality inspections in order to make sure they meet the high standards we expect from all of our roses.

Gold Standard Stamp of Approval

Each Jackson and Perkins rose is individually inspected and graded to meet our standards for shape, viability, fragrance, and disease resistance.

Jackson and Perkins Exclusive Preservation Process

Our roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth utilizing a state-of-the-art wet cooler. By providing a uniform storage temperature just above freezing and employing a fog system to provide a consistent humidity of 100%, we are able to ensure that each of our roses remains fully hydrated and does not come out of its dormancy before leaving our facility. Bare root roses ordered elsewhere often arrive dry and shriveled. Through our exclusive preservation process, Jackson and Perkins is able to provide a fully hydrated premium bare root rose. Prior to entering the shipping container, we carefully wrap the root system to preserve the moisture and to provide a top-quality rose that is in optimal planting condition.

Gold Standard Stamp of Approval

Our Superior Bare Root Rose Growing Process

Our roses are hand budded by professional rose budders to ensure you receive a true-to-variety quality rose. This takes a special skill. These professional hand budders make sure the bud union lives and the rose plant becomes the premium Jackson and Perkins rose variety desired.

At the end of the rose growth cycle, when the rose plant has hardened off and is ready to be harvested, the roses are hand selected according to our top-quality Jackson and Perkins rose standards.

World's Finest Roses

Jackson and Perkins World's Finest Roses

The Jackson and Perkins Difference

Jackson & Perkins is one of the most recognized names in the gardening industry. In fact, for decades rose lovers have considered Jackson & Perkins synonymous with great roses. How has Jackson & Perkins earned this reputation? Simple, for over 100 years we have brought our customers the world's finest selection of roses.

Jackson & Perkins became a leader in the world of roses by producing dozens of award-winning roses. Jackson & Perkins has won more All-America Rose Selection awards than any other US company. In addition to the AARS awards, Jackson & Perkins has won numerous other awards, including the coveted Golden Rose of The Hague and the Royal National Rose Society’s President’s International trophy, among others.

From seed to market a new garden rose can take 8 to 10 years to develop. Every year, thousands of seedlings are grown but only a handful are selected to move into the trial phase. During this time, potential new roses are grown and evaluated in different climatic regions of the country. Our rosarians are looking for rose bushes that have stronger disease resistance, vigorous growth habits, and clean healthy foliage. When it comes to blooms, they are looking for improved flower form, unique colors, and strong fragrance.

Today Jackson & Perkins offers over 200 varieties of roses that includes a broad selection of exclusive roses, historical favorites, and innovative genetics from hybridizers around the world. We have two seasons each year for roses. In the spring, we offer bare root rose bushes, bare root 36” trees, 24” patio trees, and container grown roses. Our fall season is all bush roses, and they are available in 2QT and 1GL containers.

Whether you are new to roses or are an experienced rosarian, our online store has rose varieties for you. Our website is packed with information. You will find each rose fully described and lots of articles and videos that will help answer all your questions. Our call center staff have decades of experience and are just a phone call away.

Jackson & Perkins is here to help you in every way on your rose-growing journey.  There is no other plant in the garden that comes in more colors, fragrances, shapes, or forms, or performs as many functions than roses do.

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