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PlantFiles: Damask Rose
Rosa 'Ispahan'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ispahan
Additional cultivar information: (aka Pompon des Princes, Rose d'Isfahan)
Hybridized by Unknown; Year of Registration or Introduction: pre 1827

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

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
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:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

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)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive colibri82 On May 21, 2010, colibri82 from Huntington, WV
United States wrote:

I planted Ispahan 15 years ago. From the beginning it proved to be a prolific bloomer ( starting in early May and lasting into June). It's growth habit is incredible, putting out 10 or more 12'-15' new canes every year. My plant, which is grown on it's own roots measures 7' x 12' and that is with canes heavy with blooms arching to the ground. I remove canes every season and have finally discovered how this rose wants to live.

This year I will remove all but 12 of the strongest new canes and peg them to the ground (there are probably 45 canes from the roots on this plant). This plant is a monster and I love it! It is absolutely stunning when in bloom and has no problems with any bugs or diseases and rarely any winter die-back but you'd best have lots of space if you let it have its own way. When you see paintings with the Ispahan of Mosul they cover the hillsides.

Positive winterrobin On Aug 2, 2007, winterrobin from South Dennis, NJ (Zone 7b) wrote:

A once-bloomer but with a very long bloom period - up to 5 weeks of fresh, perfect clear pink blossoms with a glorious damask fragrance.


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

Denver, Colorado
Gardiner, Maine
Litchfield, Maine
South Dennis, New Jersey
South Burlington, Vermont
Huntington, West Virginia

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