Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Alba, Species Cross Rose
Rosa 'Alba Maxima'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba Maxima
Additional cultivar information: (see comment)
Registered or introduced: pre 1500

» View all varieties of Roses

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
White (w)
Light yellow (ly)

Bloom Shape:
Unknown - Tell us

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Unknown - Tell us

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Click thumbnail
to view:

By Calif_Sue
Thumbnail #1 of Rosa  by Calif_Sue

By Calif_Sue
Thumbnail #2 of Rosa  by Calif_Sue


No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 22, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

One of the easiest and most beautiful of the old roses, it is believed to have been in cultivation since classical times. Very popular in Europe, less so in the US except among lovers of old roses.

3" white flowers, sometimes lightly blushed with pink when new. Highly double, with 50-60 petals, often with a button eye. Strongly and beautifully fragrant. Flowers in one extended June flush with no repeat.

This shrub has a gracefully arching habit with long slender branches bearing a few straight prickles. Flowering occurs on laterals on second-year and older growth. Injudicious pruning can impair the next season's flowering and destroy the natural grace of its architecture.

Makes a good espalier or pillar rose. May reach 10-15'. This is a large shrub by its nature, and should only be planted where there's enough room for it to attain its natural size.

Smooth matt gray-green foliage is relatively disease resistant. Requires little maintenance. Shade tolerant.

"Species Cross" is not a name.

Neutral DaylilySLP On Mar 22, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Bred by unknown, pre 1500
White, near white or white blend Alba.
Registration name: Alba Maxima
Exhibition name: Alba Maxima
Anglica alba
Bonnie Prince Charlie's Rose (Alba)
Cheshire Rose
Common Great White Rose
Common White Rose
Double White Rose (alba)
Great Double White
Great White Rose
Jacobite Rose
Maxima (alba, Unknown before 1500)
Rosa alba "Double White"
Rosa alba florepleno
Rosa alba maxima
Rosa alba var. florepleno hort. ex Andrews
Rosa alba var. plena
Rosa alba vulgaris major
Rosa X alba 'Maxima'
Rose blanche


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

Encino, California
Sacramento, California
San Jose, California
San Marino, California
Gardiner, Maine
East Lansing, Michigan
Brooklyn, New York
Zanesville, Ohio
Amelia Court House, Virginia

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America