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Rosa multiflora 'Seven Sisters'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: multiflora (mul-tih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Seven Sisters
Additional cultivar information: (aka Grevillia)
Registered or introduced: 1817

Synonym:Rosa cathayensis
Synonym:Rosa multiflora grevilei
Synonym:Rosa multiflora platyphylla
Synonym:Rosa platyphylla
Synonym:Rosa thoryi

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:
Pink blend (pb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Trained as rambler

Patent Information:

Other Details:

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
By simple layering

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Glenn3 On Jul 11, 2010, Glenn3 from Camden, ME wrote:

I'm not certain everyone here is growing the same rose. There is a bunch of controversy about it, and many different varieties have been shipped with the name 'Seven Sisters.' My most reliable sources tell me that it is not winter hardy in the North, and only makes a big plant in climates south of Washington, DC. Many folks in Maine believe they are growing it, but too many times it has turned out to be an old understock 'De la Grifferaie,' or some other pink rambler. Have a look at this site:

Positive tajataja On May 17, 2005, tajataja from Hull,Ga, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant makes a wonderful addition to any garden. Will climb up a trellis and be really something to see..Full Sun though....

Positive rplingaltx On Nov 5, 2004, rplingaltx from Galveston, TX wrote:

Stumbling across this rose brings back a lot of memories for me. I have recently inherited my "old family home" and there is a very large Seven Sisters vine on the property. I remember as a child asking my Great Aunt how old it was and she brought out her box of pictures and showed me an image of her cousin standing in front of it as a small child back in the 1920s. Amazing. The house has been in the family since 1852 so who knows how long it has really been there?? It blooms beautifully every others have said it roots easily as well. About my only criticism of it is that in my hot and humid climate it does get some mildew now and then. Gorgeous otherwise!

Positive WillowWasp On Aug 15, 2004, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This was a wonderful rose to grow that bloomed all spring right up to fall and might have a slight break in the hottest part of the summer. It was pretty resistant to most pest and had almost not problems with rust or black spot. I love it and it was one that was pasted down from my grandmother. A very hardy rose as well. I would love to grow it again but haven't found one at any othe the nursuries where I am and I will be moving again soon so I had better wait awhile.

Positive Emma_Lou On Apr 16, 2004, Emma_Lou from Glen Saint Mary, FL wrote:

There have been several seven sisters in my grandmother's yard for many years. We have simply waited until the blooms were gone before doing any pruning (if necessary for space). For the most past we simply let them go and enjoy the blooms. They root very easily, where ever they touch the ground. After the root has had time to establish, transfering them to a new spot has been very easy.

Neutral Vacationland On Feb 9, 2003, Vacationland wrote:

Often found growing over fences and doorways of old Maine houses. Old rambler. Large, tight clusters of double flowers with a multi-hued color range from deep to soft pink, sometimes lilac and red all on the same cluster. Will tolerate poorer soils and partial sun. from China 1816. Blossoms once in late summer but covers the plant for weeks. Zone 4.


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

Irvington, Alabama
Amston, Connecticut
Glen Saint Mary, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Covington, Louisiana
Echo, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Gardiner, Maine
Litchfield, Maine
Bay City, Michigan
Columbia, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Massena, New York
Norwood, Pennsylvania
Ridgway, Pennsylvania
Scranton, South Carolina
Shelbyville, Tennessee
Anderson, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
Colmesneil, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Merkel, Texas
Woodville, Texas
Reedsville, Wisconsin

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