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PlantFiles: Hybrid Musk, Shrub Rose
Rosa 'Robin Hood'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Robin Hood
Additional cultivar information: (aka Robin des Bois)
Hybridized by Pemberton; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1927

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Hybrid Musk

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

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Medium red (mr)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

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

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rhowenne On Oct 1, 2012, Rhowenne from Saint Charles, MI wrote:

I've been trying for years to find a good healthy hedge plant to keep out the neighbors and their pets. I saw this in the mail order catalog and ordered 50. It was the best thing I've done. When they first arrived some were a little moldy and were already growing but I planted them anyway. Then after they grew a little, rabbits came and chewed them all almost to the ground. I used rabbit/deer spray on them twice and they were left alone. Five months later they are now three feet tall and five feet wide. I barely watered them and summer was blazingly hot. The sprays of flowers are beautiful, with some as long as my forearm. Continuous flowering. These are my FAVORITE flower in the yard now. I'll see how winter goes, but I'm very hopeful since it seems so vigorous.

Positive tnangela On Apr 5, 2006, tnangela from Athens, TN wrote:

Ditto above. I have one climbing into a 25' Crape Myrtle. It's about 10-12', so far. I expect it to cover it eventually. Completely shade tolerant- the best I've found in a rose so far. Vigorous and carefree. Masses of blooms.

Positive Petsitterbarb On Jul 9, 2003, Petsitterbarb from Claremore, OK wrote:

This rose has really been a pleasant surprise. It arrived from a cheapie mail order nursery in pitiful condition. A nearly dead, dried out little stick, I planted it anyway. What the heck, it was extremely cheap! With some regular watering, this rose has become one of my favorites. Sold as a "red" rose, I find it to be a hot pink, which I MUCH prefer. It is TOTALLY HEALTHY, and I never spray. An extremely full and lush bush, it covers itself with tiny blooms that have a peppery fragrance. I would HIGHLY recommend this rose as a single specimen, or as a rose hedge!


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

Winchester, California
Kissimmee, Florida
Elburn, Illinois
Somerset, Kentucky
Newllano, Louisiana
Saint Charles, Michigan
Tekamah, Nebraska
Hays, North Carolina
Lake City, Tennessee
Austin, Texas

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