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PlantFiles: Climbing China Rose
Rosa 'Old Blush, Cl.'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Old Blush, Cl.
Additional cultivar information: (aka Climbing Parson's Pink China)
Registered or introduced: 1752

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Prone to weak stems
Stems are moderately thorny

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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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dontruman On Mar 14, 2011, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:

Good for training up a tree. I'm growing one in a mesquite tree. The mesquite is in the acacia family so a fair amount of sunlight penetrates through the leaves. Blossoms are typical for the Old Blush; short lived on short stems, but a heavy bloomer. Blossoms have little to no scent.

Positive daygrower On Apr 11, 2009, daygrower from Live Oak, FL wrote:

I have this plant in three places on my property and it grows and blooms well, not much bloom in the heat of summer but spring and fall they put on a good show

Negative Elphaba On Feb 6, 2008, Elphaba from Rockport, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've never given a negative rating before, but this rose has been a HUGE disappointment. I saw it featured in so many magazine articles where it was growing in a southern garden and was just stunning that I couldn't wait to grow it. I've had it five years now, and it's done nothing. It grows like a weed, but only flowers in the spring and doesn't have an impressive show at all. The few flowers that it has are boring with little fragrance. Last fall I tried to dig it up. I was going to put it on the curb with a "free to a good home" sign. I couldn't get it out of the ground. I cut it way down hoping it would die, but it came back immediately. If doesn't do something for me soon, I may take more murderous action! Maybe this plant is a freak mutant and the others are great, but I wish I'd planted something else.


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

Los Angeles, California
Live Oak, Florida
Monroe, Georgia
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Victoria, Texas

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