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Hybrid Musk Rose 'Ballerina'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ballerina
Hybridized by Bentall
Registered or introduced: 1937
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

Hybrid Musk



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:


Eye present

Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Trained to climb

Trained on pillar

Patent Information:


Other Details:


Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Susceptible to black spot

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

, (2 reports)

Goodyear, Arizona

Fairfield, California

Novato, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Winchester, California

Louisville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Mount Airy, Maryland

Beverly, Massachusetts

Slingerlands, New York

Newalla, Oklahoma

Beaufort, South Carolina

Chapin, South Carolina

Linden, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 11, 2012, Hyblaean from Necedah, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

beautiful, good grower, a million flowers all throughout the season- NOT resistant to witch's broom.


On Aug 26, 2008, lelamarie from Novato, CA wrote:

My first year growing Ballerina and have planted 10+ plants. They grow easily with partial or filtered shade, although seem to have deeper color with more sun. Most of mine are own root and have grown very fast since planting them this spring. They really don't need deadheading, although I will deadhead them occasionally to get them to bloom quicker. The only negative is that aphids seem to love them, more than any other of my roses. I have had two major infestations, in the spring and now that we are having very hot, dry weather. Spraying them with a force of water seems to get rid of aphids after several days.


On Oct 14, 2006, jollygreen from Voorheesville, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am growing several 'Ballerina' as of 10/14/06 in 7 gallon pots and they've all performed very well. We don't spray with fungicide and yet there has been no evidence of fungal disease. In winter we sink the potted roses into beds containing well drained soiless mix and mouse baits to deter the little beasties. Little or no pruning or disbudding is done after August first until March or April. I feed twice per year sometimes thrice with Espoma Rose Tone and I water with a dilute solution of Peters 10-50-10 from spring until August first.


On Oct 2, 2003, Lionheart from Slingerlands, NY wrote:

Single, somewhat fragrant blooms, of pink and white. Blooms freely, almost continuously. Hardy, vigorous, fast growing, and great on a fence.

Disease resistant, it's a wonderful shrub to use wherever low maintenance color and interest are required.