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PlantFiles: Climbing Polyantha Rose
Rosa 'Russell's Cottage Rose'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Russell's Cottage Rose
Additional cultivar information: (aka Old Spanish Rose, Russelliana, Scarlet Grevillea)
Hybridized by Russell; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1840

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Modern Climber

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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)

Bloom Color:
Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Unknown - Tell us

Pruning Instructions:
Avoid pruning

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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Dizzidots On Jul 13, 2014, Dizzidots from Radnor Township, PA wrote:

I love this rose and because my husband's name is Russell it's one of my favorites. The only problem, and I'm sure it's with me and not the rose, is that I can't train it up a trellis. It's strongest canes grow away from the wall so it kind of flops all over the ground. If only I could prune it......but everyone says not to. Ideas?


Positive Pattyperennial On Feb 14, 2004, Pattyperennial from Yakima, WA wrote:

I have this beautiful Climber on an Arbor in Zone 5 and she is VERY VERY fragrant. She is rated 8.5 by the ARS and performs accordingly.

Positive Kathleen On Feb 21, 2001, Kathleen from Panama, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Deep rose blunt buds that blossom crimson and fade to purple, many with white ripples and carried in large clusters. Lightly scented, they have 82 petals and can become up to 20 feet, although mine in zone 5 stay around 6 feet.


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

Chandler, Arizona
Effingham, Illinois
Panama, New York
Yakima, Washington (2 reports)

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