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Rosa 'Pope John Paul II'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pope John Paul II
Additional cultivar information: (PP19107, aka JACsegra)
Hybridized by Zary; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

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Hybrid Tea


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Bloom Color:
White (w)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


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Other Details:
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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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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tgwWhale On Feb 27, 2014, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

Yes, it is white! yes, It is fragrant! Yes, it grows quite vigorously, especially for a white hybrid tea!

But will it make it through this winter from Hades? I planted two of these in the spring of 2013. They are now boxed up and buried under a foot of ground. I will lift the boxes when the snow finally melts -- if it ever melts -- and I will see if I can continue to give this rose a positive rating.

In NE Wisconsin, the single most important quality for any rose is that I can get it through the winter alive. I will report back on JPII this spring.

Positive lancer23 On Jun 7, 2013, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I was intrigue by the delicious scent of this pure white rose. Its spicy and also fruity with many difference and nuances that's like a great wine which have a top note, middle base and also a bottom that makes in last in your memory. Its not your everyday run of the mill rose. I grew it from a cutting because I don't think I can afford to buy one :-(. How this little cutting can grow into a healthy little plant and bloom in just one yr is a testament of its good genes. Relatively healthy with light green color leaves. Heavy petal counts yet strong enough stem to hold the bloom up. I hate floppy flower heads. I don't know it long enough to say that it can give a lot of bloom because the mother plant was in a shady area and doesn't have that much blooms. Grow for the scent, its worth it.

Positive NorthernWoman On Jul 19, 2011, NorthernWoman from Spring Lake, MI wrote:

Just planted this year, so will report back next year about winter hardiness. This is a wonderful rose; beautiful, very floriferous, and smells wonderful. The only other rose in my bed with as many flowers is Fragrant Cloud. It also lasts well as a cut rose. This area is zone 6 (thanks to Lake Effect).

Positive Melrose77 On Jun 14, 2011, Melrose77 from Zeeland, MI wrote:

Can you say White? Wear your sunglasses around these beauties! Did I happen to mention these blossoms are WHITE? And stay WHITE? BTW, they are really WHITE!

Positive HolyChickin On Aug 26, 2010, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I LOOOOOOVE this rose! I was chomping at the bit to get and I finally did about 5 months back. Unfortunately before it could bloom, my garden got infested with spidermites... lost a few hybrid teas... ALMOST lost this one but, I got lucky and it survived. It's still trying to recover (looking kinda sparce) but it did finally bloom. Granted, since it's been so stressed, the blooms weren't as spectacular as I expected BUT, it smells FANTASTIC! I mean... I can't stop smelling them. If I could walk around with a bloom shoved in each nostril, I WOULD!

It has such incredibly clear white, perfectly shaped blooms... wow! I am very happy to have it as a part of my garden. I have another white rose (Moondace Floribunda) and this one takes the other one to the cleaners.

We have had a lot of rain as of late which has helped immensly with the spidermite problem... and I am seeing a lot of new growth finally. I can't wait till the cooler weather arrives so I can see this bush in all it's glory!

Positive LoraTW619 On Jun 9, 2009, LoraTW619 from Mount Washington, KY wrote:

I have a little over a dozen different HTs, and this is one of the best of them. It is very disease resistant, vigorous, and quick to rebloom with huge pure white blossoms. And the fragrance is outstandingly strong! This one is quickly becoming my new favorite hybrid tea. A+!

Neutral GreeneLady On Apr 7, 2009, GreeneLady from Oak Island, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have noticed that this plant seems sensitive to overwatering. We have a natural rich sandy loam and all my other 36 different varieties of roses were doing fine, but after a weekend of very heavy rain, this particular rose started to droop like crazy. After a few days of dry weather it perked back up.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Laguna Hills, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Tulare, California
West Hills, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Harlem, Georgia
Louisville, Kentucky
Mount Washington, Kentucky
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Spring Lake, Michigan
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Deer Park, Texas
Gainesville, Virginia
Casco, Wisconsin

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