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Hybrid Multiflora Climber, Polyantha, Rambler
Rosa 'Goldfinch'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Goldfinch
Hybridized by Paul
Registered or introduced: 1907
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Modern Climber




4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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:

Light yellow (ly)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Stems are nearly thornless

Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

By simple layering


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

Panama, New York

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 15, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Goldfinch has a very lovely scent and suits well to let it grow into an arch to sit underneath. It has nearly no thorns, grows slow and is so far disease-free.
In my garden it has sun whole day. It only blooms once...but I cannot have it all.


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

Stan named this rose for it's butter colored buds that open to creammy 2 inch blossoms with 24 petals and a light scent. It is probably a spinosissima, or scotch briar. It has 6 to 8 fett arching canes and tiny dark hips

Further searching and help from a rose collector has led me to more properly identify this as "Goldfinch," a multiflora hybrid from England bred in 1907 by George Paul. It is classed as a Polyantha climber or rambler.