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PlantFiles: Old Garden Rose, Moss Rose
Rosa 'General Kleber'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: General Kleber
Additional cultivar information: (aka Général Kléber)
Hybridized by Robert; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1856

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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Other Details:
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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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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TBGDN On Jun 9, 2009, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I was able to find this rose listed at the Antique Rose Emporium website with this information: "This Moss rose was named for the French general who commanded Napoleon’s army in Egypt and was assassinated in Cairo in 1800. ‘Général Kléber’ offers few thorns and is a vigorous upright shrub with mint green foliage. The well mossed buds open to lush, fragrant, quartered, pink blooms, evidence of its close relationship to the Centifolia. 1856, Z4-9, 4-6'."

I've grown this rose for about 15 years with fair results. It is perfectly at home here when winters can see temperatures as low as -24F!


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

Macy, Indiana
Gardiner, Maine

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