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PlantFiles: Shrub Rose
Rosa 'Sally Holmes'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sally Holmes
Hybridized by Holmes; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1976

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Hybrid Musk

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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:
White (w)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb
Trained on pillar

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are nearly thornless

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
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Jan 20, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This variety grows and blooms well and is fairly disease resistant here, and the flowers are much larger than usual for a hybrid musk, averaging 3.5". But I have a problem with the flowers.

The individual flowers don't last long, and the faded petals cling to the blooms without self-cleaning. As with most white roses, the brown faded petals are conspicuous. So the whole flower cluster starts to look untidy before most of the buds have opened, unless you go in for detailed, daily deadheading. The photos are deceptive in this respect.

This variety may be disease-resistant, but it's far from disease-free. Here the interior leaves show some black spot symptoms but defoliate only on the lower parts of the shrub.

The canes are think and stiff, and while they take well to training as a climber, they aren't flexible enough for wrapping around a pillar.

Positive SMori On Jun 1, 2014, SMori from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA wrote:

Sally Holmes is fabulous! Planted on south wall just under our roof eaves and it's growing beautifully in its first year. I've read never to plant roses under roof eaves but since I have successfully grown another rose climber near Sally Holmes (and it's been there over 10 years) I knew it would be okay. Both climbers get watered only twice a week from lawn sprinklers but I do give them a long slow drink occasionally if the weather gets too hot. I love my climbing Sally Holmes!

Positive lancer23 On Jun 9, 2013, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Got a cutting and it blooms the first yr. Very strong grower, little thorns, disease free, little care, it can be a bush or climber. Clusters of flowers that stays on for a very long time. Huge blooms, variations of color begins as beige/bronze and then slower age to white.

Positive Mamaknock On Dec 9, 2011, Mamaknock from Conyers, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I just love this Rose. It is my very favorite in my garden. She requires very little care (unlike the others) and is the best repeat blooming growing in partial shade trained over a south facing chain llink fence. I have had neighbors ask for her name several times since planting. She is close to a roof down-spout in sandy soil so she gets plenty of deep watering when it rains.

Positive nauplion On Aug 28, 2006, nauplion from Seattle, WA wrote:

Grows splendidly in Seattle, though tends to pink spots when rained on. Spotting right now after 4 months of drought, though it has had regular gound-level waterings. When the plant is covered with bouquets, as it is now, it looks like a wedding. Last year bloomed steadily late May through October.

Positive mwilson On May 13, 2005, mwilson from Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This shrub rose has become a favorite in my family. It produces huge masses of flower heads that look a little like hydrangeas from a distance, but are delicate and beautifully colored up close. We have had absolutely no problems in terms of disease or pests. The catalogues all say that this rose is for moderate zones and warmer, but my family has five, much-beloved, six year old bushes growing (without undue winter cover!) in Southern Minnesota (zone 3-4). It also grows wonderfully in the Dallas area.


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

Smiths, Alabama
Burlingame, California
Carlsbad, California
Emeryville, California
Fresno, California
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Cruz, California
Winchester, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Montrose, Colorado
Atlanta, Georgia
Conyers, Georgia
Palmyra, Illinois
Coushatta, Louisiana
Boston, Massachusetts
Turners Falls, Massachusetts
Winona, Minnesota
Reno, Nevada
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ashland, Oregon
Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2 reports)
Providence, Rhode Island
Lewisburg, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Ridgefield, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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