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Rosa 'Lemon Meringue'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lemon Meringue
Additional cultivar information: (aka WEKradler)
Hybridized by Radler; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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Modern Climber

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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:
Light yellow (ly)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
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
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 6, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a lemon yellow sport of the popular Kordes rose "Westerland", and is very similar except for flower color.

Neutral DaylilySLP On Mar 5, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:


Positive CharmingGarden On May 2, 2010, CharmingGarden from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have this rose growing in full sun of the most part. I've had it for about 4 years with sparse blooms here and there. This year it is blooming like crazy. I pruned it back pretty severely last year and this Spring, I have so many blooms and buds on it. Not sure what I did b/c I don't fertilize it or anything other than trimmed it up. I love it!

Positive grampapa On Jul 24, 2009, grampapa from Wheatfield, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Although 'Lemon Meringue' has not been a fast climber for me in zone 6a, it has weathered 3 very harsh winters with little dieback. It is a lovely, but not profuse, bloom.

Neutral JasperDale On Jan 15, 2009, JasperDale from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I chose this rose for a metal arbor because it was reportedly a heavy bloomer and covered quickly. It did cover quickly, but it sends out the enormously long canes and has taken over the arbor it's growing on. "Pruning after bloom" only makes it send out even MORE of these huge canes which only produce blooms on the ends of the canes.

I keep experimenting on ways to control it and make it bloom more heavily, but so far, no luck. It has become the Beast that ate Cleveland !


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

Long Beach, California
Tallahassee, Florida
Hallam, Nebraska
Locust Dale, Virginia

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