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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Mister Lincoln'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mister Lincoln
Additional cultivar information: (PP2370, aka Mr. Lincoln)
Hybridized by Swim-Weeks; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1964

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34 members have or want this plant for trade.

Hybrid Tea

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:
Patent expired

Other Details:
Susceptible to black spot

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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21 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kathleen_joy On Aug 25, 2013, kathleen_joy from PESHASTIN, WA wrote:

Mr. Lincoln was the first rose I ever purchased. I was captivated by the velvety crimson roses with the full old fashoined scent. I live in Gold Bar WA at the time. It was planted by the steps of the front porch and didn't get any special treatment. It did pretty well for leaving it to grow on it's own. A couple of years later we were in a club called Gleaners and we had lots of sour milk. I got the idea to try boring a shovel handle size hole about a foot from the base and poured the sour milk in as we got it. Actually, by then we had a few roses so they all got some. That spring the Mr. Lincoln burst into growth and bloom! It must have been 8 feet high, lots of thick healthy branches, lots of wonderful blooms. I've thought about burying fish heads, etc, too. Haven't had the "guts" to try it , yet.

Positive midgey On May 29, 2013, midgey from Denver, CO wrote:

a must in all colorado gardens. let it be known this is a rose that grows magnificently in our climate. mine is 23 years old and going as if it were 5 years old. love this rose and loves our hot dry beautiful climate. i do not even mulch over this beauty, it is that hardy. i have given away many many many cuttings i rooted, from hard wood no less.

Positive dsd2682 On Feb 20, 2013, dsd2682 from Hollywood, FL wrote:

Gotta love Mr. Lincoln. The flowers are superb and she's a great grower with very little black spot. She's even grown in partial shade for me, but I recently put her in full sun and she is really thriving. I do admit she has a tendency to be a "one cane wonder" she's very tall but not very wide. But she's easy to care for and even though she blooms only 3-4 flowers at at time she's still a great rose. She's my husband's favorite. Very fragrant but not quite red here in the south. She tends to lean towards red violet in color. But gotta love her for her fragrance and long lasting blooms. In the vase she's one of my longest lasting roses going for at least 7 days! A great rose for South Florida!

Positive corik On May 19, 2012, corik from Scarsdale New York
United States wrote:

Cannot pass by this rose without stopping to have a sniff! You can see it from far away because it is sooo big it looks like a dark red top hat! I only have it for 2 years but it is finally giving me several buds at a time instead of just one. it would be great if someone would post advice on how to properly prune Mr. Lincoln to maximize budding. Mine is also a one cane wonder, and no new canes have popped out yet.

Positive Trollius On Feb 20, 2012, Trollius from Girdwood, AK wrote:

This is a spectacular rose. Sometimes he surprises me in the greenhouse by blooming early. I know it is blooming the second I open the greenhouse door by the wonderful scent. As soon as the weather begins to warm, I take Mr. Lincoln outside where he sits proudly by the greenhouse door. Frequently he surprises me by blooming again later in our "summer". Susan(in Alaska)

Positive dfwpaul On Aug 22, 2011, dfwpaul from Dallas, TX wrote:

This plant was a gift I planted in a 3 foot pot. Once established, it is amazingly hardy! Here in Dallas, Texas, it blooms from new canes more frequently I cut the stems as the buds are just opening and take them inside - or the heat will fade them to purple-red in 2 days time. As a cut flower, they last remarkably well. Recutting every other day... blooms stay nearly a week.

Although the plant is not an abundant bloomer, it really makes a bold statement in great red color and rich fragrance. I really like that it makes me really look like I know what I'm doing growing roses! Thank goodness it thrives largely on it own!

Neutral tgwWhale On Dec 7, 2010, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

I have tried several Mr. Lincoln roses over the years before giving up on them. The bush is tall and gangly, with a typical hybrid-tea form, and it never seems to get more than two or three blooms at one time.

The flower is of course gorgeous and it does have a strong fragrance. When the neighbor kid raided my roses (with permission) to impress his girl, I noticed that he took the Mr. Lincolns. But the color does not last; it fades toward purple in just a couple of days, and is not attractive in its purple form.

The biggest problem with Mr. Lincoln was always getting it through the Wisconsin winter. Even when the rose was boxed up and buried in ground, only two inches of stems at the very bottom would survive. Every Mr. Lincoln I ever had eventually succumbed to winter. For Wisconsin, I would recommend a less tender hybrid tea, e.g., Ingrid Bergmann.

Positive litisk On Jun 27, 2010, litisk from Gold Canyon, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another one of my all-time favorite roses. A deep beautiful red bloom. This rose will continue to perform year after year without problems. I always clip the rose off when it is just about ready to open. Can't go wrong with Mr. Lincoln in your garden.

Positive OITGAD On May 5, 2010, OITGAD from Hicksville, NY wrote:

I am not a rosarian by any stretch of the imagination...but I love to garden and I really love this rose - I don't get many blooms but the few I do are magnificent. The scent...that beautiful rose scent that reminds me of when I was a child...happier halcyon days gone by. I have it planted right outside my kitchen I can watch it bloom and have that wonderful scent come right into the house. I do need to spray it to get black spot under control but it's worth the effort.

I loved reading the comments here...brought a knowing smile to my face as I read each and every one.

Positive SerenaSYH On Oct 13, 2009, SerenaSYH from Overland Park-Kansas City, KS wrote:

I am absolutely crazy about Mr. Lincoln's fragrance. It just takes one bloom on a bush to carry its beautiful scent 8' to 15' away. The fragrance just wafts into the breeze. I have to wait until Mr. Lincoln blooms before the bees will come to my garden.

The blooms are huge (can be as large as 6" across), the fragrance is unbelievable! However Mr. Lincoln needs to be fed with my Gardenville Sea Tea-- at the rose forum he is notorious for being that "one-cane wonder" but thanks to the Sea Tea I never! have this problem with my Lincolns- they have lots of multiple canes and they are very tall as well!

I fondly call my Lincolns, my Spartan 300 warriors. They will beat any rose in terms of fragrance. It just takes those few select blooms to outperform a multitude of roses....(I am a scent hound and will go to all the local nurseries and gardens to sniff out each rose). And the rich color of its petals especially in the early spring and autumn are so wonderful, a deep velvety red...

Positive monniemon On Jun 10, 2009, monniemon from Lansdale, PA wrote:

mr. lincoln and i have had some problems in the past. I noticed he was about to die. I figured out he was not to comfortable with the location, so I moved him to a sunnier spot. This spot he gets at least 8hours, if not more of sun daily. So now he is better, giving off 2 new canes, also two blooms that were beautiful. Lush red blooms that are approx 5-6" in width. Strong 18-22" upright stems. Perfect for a bouquet and long lasting as a cut flower, but slight to no scent. So far no problems with mildew or b.s. winter hardy to zone 6.


Positive richkurt On May 18, 2009, richkurt from San Diego, CA wrote:

I have had this rose for going on twenty years, in pot no less!! Grows well over 6 foot every year, and blooms wonderfully! As you all know, the fragrance is remarkable. This is a favorite!

Neutral Joan On Apr 11, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 2370 has expired
Positive GeeLily On Jun 20, 2008, GeeLily from Mission
Canada wrote:

Even if you're not a rose fan, this one is a valuable addition to the garden. Long stemmed, long lasting, rich, velvety blooms on a very vigorous bush. Reblooms all summer as long as I keep cutting. Takes from cuttings easily. The occasional black spot, but nothing noticeable really. VERY healthy shrub! Smells nice (typical tea rose scent), but not particularly strong unless you have a big bouquet. Hips uninteresting. Overall winner!

Positive sthwnd On Apr 16, 2008, sthwnd from Green Cove Springs, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

We are growing this rose for the first time. When we bought it in the container, we had to see someone at a car lot. 20 minutes later when we were done & got back in our own car, the whole CAR smelled heavenly! Blooms are rich red, that look like velvet or brushed satin, with glossy leaves. I have read everyone's reviews, & hope mine does as well as expected from the performance reviews thus far. I had always wanted a "real" red rose, & it looks like I certainly chose the right one the first time out.

Positive berrygirl On May 30, 2005, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This was my late Grannys favorite rose. I am growing one for the first this year and cut my first bloom yesterday! I had forgotten how awesome this rose smells- and looks. I hadn't seen or smelled one in close to 20 yrs. So far it seems very healthy and is loaded down with buds.

Positive Kelli On May 27, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Peforms well here. Fragrance is one of the best. Gets very tall. Tendency to sucker rather badly.

Positive Gindee77 On May 21, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This rose has one of the best fragrances in the garden. It's strong and can is almost always present. This rose has a great form and the blooms are as pretty as they are scented. The only drawback is that the blooms tend to blue as they age.

Positive chicochi3 On Apr 17, 2005, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is what a rose is supposed to smell like! Ideal!

Positive JulieGeek On Feb 16, 2005, JulieGeek from Elgin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I grow Mr. Lincoln in Elgin, TX.

This bush is probably the most vigorous rosebush I have. I prune it down to 3' and it STILL grows up over the top of the house. Great form--nice and urn-like. Blooms are huge and very fragrant. I do get some black spot, but not even CLOSE to enough to impact the health of this brute. As a note, I don't spray at all.

I thought red roses were pretty ho-hum til Mr. Lincoln started showing his stuff.

Positive spiderphish On Mar 31, 2004, spiderphish from Bremerton, WA wrote:

I love this rose's abilty to take cuttings! Here in Wash. state I have no problem taking my fall trimmings and sticking them in my rose bed.The only thing I do is make sure it's cut diagonally at a node,chew the tip and stick it in the dirt!.I cover with hay for the winter, and in March when I remove last years leaves and the straw, I almost always have new rose bushes started.
To avoid black spot I make sure there are no leaves in the bed, and I remove last years leaves in March.
Love it !!

Positive noxiousweed On Nov 9, 2003, noxiousweed from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

If I could only grow one rose, this would be it. Its fragrance is fabulous - it makes beautiful, perfect blooms. It is a long-stemmed rose, good for cutting. In my yard, even in a container, it blooms year round, time after time after time. If I didn't prune it, it would be 7' tall in a 24" pot!

Positive Shelly221 On Aug 3, 2003, Shelly221 from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is one good smelling rose! I have really enjoyed it, and it has rebloomed 3 times this year for me. Next to the lilacs I have, I would have to say its one of my favorites.

Neutral Zanymuse On Aug 17, 2001, Zanymuse from Scotia, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Buds are long and pointed and open to large full blooms. One to a stem. Very deep velvety red frequently with a splash of deep golden yellow showing up sporatically on some petals. It is discribed as a "tea and Damask" fragrance by the grower. I just say it smells good! Glossy dark green foliage. Suceptible to rust and black spot here in the coastal damp I had better results inland with this one.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hanceville, Alabama
Opelika, Alabama
Pansey, Alabama
Prattville, Alabama
Bullhead City, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona (4 reports)
Queen Creek, Arizona
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Williford, Arkansas
Beaumont, California
Canoga Park, California
Clayton, California
Clovis, California
Concord, California
Emeryville, California
Fairfield, California
Long Beach, California
Menifee, California
Merced, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Cruz, California
Santa Rosa, California
Vallejo, California
Winnetka, California
Yorba Linda, California
Denver, Colorado (2 reports)
Durango, Colorado
Wilmington, Delaware
Bradley, Florida
Cocoa, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Maitland, Florida
Milton, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Braselton, Georgia
Hampton, Illinois
Jacksonville, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Crown Point, Indiana
Evansville, Indiana
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Noblesville, Indiana
Petersburg, Indiana
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Newport, Kentucky
Symsonia, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Boyce, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana
Raceland, Louisiana
Colora, Maryland
Earleville, Maryland
Allen Park, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Brandon, Mississippi
Madison, Mississippi
Pascagoula, Mississippi
Beatrice, Nebraska
Las Vegas, Nevada
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Elba, New York
Hicksville, New York
Hornell, New York
Niagara Falls, New York
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Raeford, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Hilliard, Ohio
Richmond, Ohio
Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Malvern, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Baxter, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Maryville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Dallas, Texas (2 reports)
Elgin, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Harker Heights, Texas
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Pleasanton, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia
Pembroke, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Alderwood Manor, Washington
Bremerton, Washington
Chelan, Washington
Des Moines, Washington
North Bend, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Peshastin, Washington
Brookfield, Wisconsin
Caledonia, Wisconsin
Kenosha, Wisconsin

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