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Rosa 'Gene Boerner'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gene Boerner
Additional cultivar information: (aka Gene Boener)
Hybridized by Boerner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1968

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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
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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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive strawberryhill On Sep 12, 2012, strawberryhill from 5a, IL wrote:

Gene Boerner Floribunda is almost thornless. I saw at Lowe's for $20 and was impressed at how thornless it was. At Cantigny park in Chicagoland, zone 5a, Gene Boerner is the BEST-LOOKING bush out of 1,000 bushes. It's loaded with tons of blooms, zero diseases, even when other roses look bad in humid & rainy weather. At Cantigny rose park, I don't see thorns in Gene Boerner either. It should be listed as "almost thornless", no scent, but constant blooming.

Positive TMS85 On Feb 2, 2012, TMS85 from Kyle, TX wrote:

The Gene Boerner is probably the best overall shrub rose I've ever planted, at least for my climate (Austin, TX).

First, it's very disease resistant. It stays strong and healthy when nearly all my other rose bushes are getting fungus and blackspot. The only bushes the really compare are the highly-resistant Knockouts I have, but they don't look as good, since the Gene Boerner has thicker, greener, healthier-looking leaves and an equal number of blooms.

Secondly, it handles the weather well. It keeps healthy growth even in the hottest weather and blooms continually from summer to frost. Of all my roses, the Gene Boerner did the best in Texas's record-setting, scorcher summer of 2011. It also does well in the winter. Mine keeps nearly all of its bright-green leaves all winter, even when the Knockouts are getting drab and rust-colored from the cold. It also blooms well into December, sometimes in January, and things really start picking up from February onwards.

Finally, the growth is ideal for a shrub rose, especially along the fence, where mine is planted. In less than two years it has grown to about 5 feet tall and maybe four feet wide. The growth on the Gene Boerner is even and full and very round, whereas many of my other bushes produce thick shoots or grow heavier on one side or another. The growth is sturdy (i.e. doesn't droop) but not overly thick. Without very much effort at all, it has grown into a perfectly shaped hedge bush.

The only real downside is that the blooms are fairly small and scentless, and they don't last very long. Thankfully one need not wait very long for new blooms!

Positive soulgardenlove On Feb 21, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

1969 All American Rose Selections winner

Class: Floribunda
Bloom: Medium pink
Size: 4 ft. tall
Introduced: Boerner, 1968
A lovely classic pink floribunda. High-centered roses with slight fragrance are produced in abundance repeated throughout the season. Disease resistant is good. Zones 6-9. Gene Boerner floribunda rose is a pure pink beauty is a super-vigorous bush and offers color all season.
Height/Habit Medium-tall, Upright
Bloom Size- Medium, Full
Foliage- Medium green
Petal Count 35 - 40
Fragrance- Slight
Parentage- Ginger x (Ma Perkins x Garnette Supreme)
Hybridizer Boerner - 1969
Disease Resistance- Very Good
Uses- Border, Hedge, Landscape, Mass Planting

Positive alicewho On Sep 19, 2005, alicewho from North Augusta, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I just adore this rose. It's planted along with about a dozen others, different kinds, and the pink really stands out.

Positive Gindee77 On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great rose, it's very floriforous. The blooms look like frosting roses. It's hardy in zone 5 with minimal winter protection.

Neutral Zanymuse On May 30, 2001, Zanymuse from Scotia, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Large blooms borne singly and in clusters on an upright bush with light green foliage. Beautiful rose but lacks fragrance.


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

Grass Valley, California
Chicago, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lansing, Kansas
Crofton, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Bay Springs, Mississippi
Columbus, Ohio
Rocky River, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina
Abilene, Texas
Gorman, Texas
Kyle, Texas
Navasota, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia
Richlands, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Olympia, Washington

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