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PlantFiles: Old Garden Rose
Rosa 'Great Western'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Great Western
Hybridized by Laffay; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1838

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Bloom Color:
Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Unknown - Tell us

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth
Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Marisa_K On Dec 24, 2008, Marisa_K from Lincoln, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the fastest-growing rose I've ever had. It went from a little band-sized twig in May to an eight-foot monster in September. It is just incredibly healthy and vigorous. I love Bourbons and they do tend to get large, but this one is almost ridiculous.

Neutral gxiong On Jun 17, 2008, gxiong from Knoxville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

The rose color is a magnificient, vibrant magenta and lightens up a partial shady area of my garden. The leaves will suffer from mildew without a fungicide application. Other than that, it is a healthy plant. The bloom size ranges from 3-4 inches diameter. The leaves are a medium size.


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

Lincoln, California
East Bend, North Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee

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