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PlantFiles: Hybrid Kordesii Rose, Shrub Rose
Rosa 'Quadra'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Quadra
Additional cultivar information: (PP09995, Explorer series; aka J.F. Quadra)
Hybridized by Ogilvie/Svejda; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1994

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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)
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 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
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:
Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb
Trained on pillar

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

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
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Glenn3 On Jul 10, 2010, Glenn3 from Camden, ME wrote:

Totally hardy in zone 5a; one of the best red climbers for our climate. Handsome bloom with old-fashioned muddled center. The color is dark red for us (cooler climate?), with a faint fragrance. Also known as 'J. F. Quadra,' it is a Kordesii bred in Canada, with complex parentage. One report I saw elsewhere said it was a bit prone to the usual rose diseases, but it hasn't developed any serious afflictions for us.

Positive DonnaMack On Jul 19, 2007, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Superb for training to a structure. The stems start off soft (including soft and flexible thorns that do not penetrate the skin) and then harden. Essentially ever blooming, it forms new branches while continuing to produce flowers. The first year is a bit slow but it takes off in the second. Seems to require minimal fertilization. Blackspot free, mildew free and does not attract japanese beetles or aphids. So tough that it can be left on an exposed trellis in zone 5a. The first of my roses each season to start to grow, with no dieback. Alas, no scent, but as the season progresses the flowers actually get larger (three inches plus). The closest thing to a care free rose.

Positive linjasar On May 7, 2007, linjasar from Upper Saint Clair, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love this rose! It is a climber for me and 8ft tall. It only receives a 1/2 day of sun and it blooms well. Large, full flowers and very healthy. It does repeat for me. No dieback at all in z5a.

Neutral Redkarnelian On Nov 7, 2006, Redkarnelian from Newmarket, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Canadian Explorer series rose.


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

Grayslake, Illinois
Camden, Maine
Pekin, North Dakota
Sarver, Pennsylvania
Olympia, Washington

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