Hardiness: 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: Dark red (dr)
Bloom Shape: Semi-double
Flower Fragrance: Very Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Blooms repeatedly
Habit: Trained to climb
Patent Information: Non-patented
Other Details: Susceptible to black spot Stems are moderately thorny
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
A great climber in the 10' to 12' range. Most flowers appear as 1 and up to 3 per stem, and are very suitable for cutting. This climber is best trained while new growth is young and pliable. Mature wood is very stiff and will break if attempts are made to wrap growth around a pillar or over an arbor. Disease resistance is good here in central North Carolina, the flowers resist balling during spring and fall damp weather and hold up well under the hot summer sun.
On Aug 26, 2012, MarcoPlo from Sudbury , ON (Zone 4b) wrote:
Very prolific grower. Dark Velvet Red. Extremely beautiful fragrance, somewhere between what a REAL Rose ought to smell like & fresh Raspberries!!!! Can't tell you enough how delicious this rose is. Survived a Canadian Zone 4a Winter after being cut back in the fall, covered in mulch & rose cones. They get light from 9am to about 1pm & grew back (second year) very tall & full of blossoms, with very little care upon the plants aside from good soaking every other day. I could not be more pleased with Don Juan!
On Jun 11, 2012, etherealsunshin from Wyanet, IL wrote:
I have this rose on a trellis under the edge of our 2nd story patio. It is three years old this summer and is blooming like crazy right now. I did have a problem with some bugs early in the spring and had to discard about 10 deformed buds that were eaten before I noticed and sprayed with an insecticide (Bayer). The japanese beetles were awful last fall and love devouring my roses, but a good spray-down with insecticide/repellent saved my roses and shrubs. I had to cut it down to the ground last spring after a brutal winter in zone 5a with -20 temps for a week, but it sprang back and got to around 6' by the end of the summer--and I wind the canes back and forth horizontally, so I'm sure some canes would reach 10' in a single growing season if they weren't so compactly trained. I judiciously winter-wrapped with straw and burlap, and then we had the mildest winter I can remember. Happily, I had almost no cane dieback this very early spring, and aside from some wind damage and late frosts killing some early buds, it's reached the top of my 7' tall trellis this summer and keeps going.
It's moderately thorny, so you'll want some gloves on when training to a trellis, and I've found that the canes stiffen rather quickly, so I start gently bending the longer secondary canes in the proper direction when they're young (just as I walk by, if I think about it) to make it easier to attach them when they finally get long enough to reach back to the trellis.
Don Juan reblooms sporadically throughout the summer, and the scent is sweet and heady. On a warm day, I can smell them a few yards away. I am not a fan of pinkish- or orange-red roses. I want a true red, and these blooms are dark, velvety red, very slightly fading to a dark magenta as they wilt. Generally, I don't see any magenta unless I am lax on deadheading. The blooms are large, well-shaped, and bloom in clusters of 3-5. I also love the glossy dark leathery foliage and the new foliage grows out in a gorgeous deep burgundy color. I have not had blackspot problems.
In zone 5a, I would recommend winter protection, as he is not cane-hardy in harsh winters, but will rebound in a season. I'll have to take some photos while he's in the first flush of bloom--I've already deadheaded a dozen blooms and they keep on coming! I apply a slow-release granular fertilizer on top of the river stone mulch at his roots every month or two during the growing season, and try to water well (soaker hose ring to avoid wet foliage) to support what has become a giant of a plant, but I'm lax on pruning out crossing branches and undersized canes, preferring the wilder and fuller look of foliage and blooms from top to bottom on my climbers.
On Mar 27, 2012, theGardenNut from Bloomfield Township, MI wrote:
We grew this in Windsor, Ontario. When we planted it, I was traveling so I could only provide limited care. It was planted on a fence. It grew to cover the fence in a season and we had season long, huge, fragrant red flowers in profusion.
One of the most fragrant, rapidly growing and hardy roses!
On Jul 18, 2010, AZ_Alkmaar from Westfield, IN wrote:
Beautiful rose, grows well in zone 5 too and survived several terrible winters. It is somewhat suscpetible to black spot, but disease does not spread fast and plus new growth compensate the loss. Attracts large number of Japanese beatls.
On Jun 8, 2010, Aquarius247 from Lake Alfred, FL wrote:
This rose has been growing by my front door for the past 20 years and it still blooms profusely with large, deep red, fragrant roses. It has needed little care except occasional spraying for black spot.
On Mar 23, 2010, chgogardennut from Chicago, IL wrote:
This is my first attempt at growing roses especially climbing roses. I brought this and many other roses on a whelm at a huge local hardware store. This was a bare root in a bag. It grew wonderful all last summer! My concern was it going to survive the winter! Most of the roses that I put in previous winter (2008) did not survive! I live in Chicago, Illinois (Zone 5). To my delight, it has survive and starting to bud!
I am anxious to see how well it is going bloom especially after I relocate it!
My Don Juan is planted in front of our picture window in the front of our house. Not knowing how well the plant would grow we planted two of them side by side about three feet between them. To our surprise both plants took off, it double in size within the first year, we live in Zone 8-9 12 miles from Austin TX. The rose bush has now grown up to the second story of our home and going strong. We could not be more pleased, the beauty and the fragrance is amazing!
On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Still quite possibly the best climbing red rose. Luscious red velvet flowers, wonderful fragrance, extremely healthy plant. Does occasionally get some mildew, but "shakes it off" normally. Wonderful first rose for the nervous new rose person, as long as it gets 8 hours of sun and half decent soil it will perform. I grow this on my back fence along with Lady Banks and Climbing Old Blush, this one outperforms the Climbing Old Blush, and blooms longer and is far more manageable than Lady Banks, though I love Lady Banks. Good rose for smaller areas too, very manageable size for a climber.
On Jun 13, 2008, goofybulb from El Paso, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
In a pot outside, and regular watering, this is a very rewarding rose to have in Miami. Beautifully shaped blooms, the flowers last longer than other roses that I have, and the scent is wonderful. Also, it seems more resistant to black spot (at least mine was) than other roses that I've tried.
On May 31, 2008, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
This is a fantastic rose. The color is a true, deep, velvety red. New growth is also tinged red. I am training mine as a pillar. It has a distinct upright growth habit. The scent on this one is amazing, a little fruity/citrus, a little spicy with a heaping dose of classic tea. It smells just like a deep red rose should.
On Apr 21, 2008, Forensicmom from Millersville, MD wrote:
This was planted last spring and performed wonderfully. However the voles decided to have it for dessert. The roots were TOTALLY eaten. I thought it was dead so I pushed it back in the ground, added some rootgrow and left it along ALL winter. To my surprise, it grew back and has tripled in size. It's now totally covered in buds and full of that beautiful dark purple new growth.
On Mar 17, 2008, marsue from Isabella, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:
Don Juan is a beautiful dark red large-blossomed rose. We planted two of these climbers in the spring of 2007 and they doubled their size in just 6 months. Although other comments indicate that Don Juan is very fragrant, mine was only slightly fragrant. Perhaps the fragrance will be heavier the second year of growth. Also, my Don Juan has very large, sharp thorns on it. However, I love this rose in spite of the thorns!
On Jul 1, 2006, shellabella from West Central, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I love this climber. The blooms are a brilliant red and it has given me no problems with black spot or anything else. My Don Juan is on Fortuniana rootstock which I understand is a very good rootstock for successful Roses in Florida.
This is known as the must-have rose for my area. When I decided to start growing roses, this is the one that EVERYBODY recommended first. Its climbing manner and large flowers put on quite a show--it looks like it's trying to show off and be fancier than my other roses. It requires little attention other than dead-heading. Though it can get spells of blackspot (nearly all roses do, in our humid climate), that doesn't seem to slow it down.
On Jun 1, 2005, hpoplin from Wellston, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
My favorite rose, never seems to stop growing. Don't have any problems with thorns on the stems, make beautiful cut flowers usually with sem-long stems. The smell is great, although not strong.
Only issue, the grasshoppers and aphids seem to love the flowers more than I do. Have to use insecticide to keep them away, and as much as it grows, it seems to be a constant job keeping the insects off the buds.
On Apr 18, 2004, yayaqueen from Harker Heights, TX wrote:
Don Juan was the very first rose (the patriarch) planted in my garden...3 years now he's been living happily couched in the corner of the backyard in full sun. We're in zone 8 in central TX. Mine is a climber and the only pruning I've done is to remove dead limbs. I do not prune my climbers and my research shows that you shouldn't except to keep them in bounds and remove dead tissue. Don Juan has exploded in huge, 5-inch, deep red flowers--the most fragrant in my garden. I have 86 roses now...adopted in the past 3 years since the bug bit me! If they don't have fragrance, I don't want them. Don Juan more than earns his place in my garden...I have a total of 5 now...all climbers. I would not have a garden without him. Everyone needs at least one.
On May 28, 2003, Eirlys from Hamilton, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have had great success with growing a climbing rose named Don Juan, in Hamilton, Ontario. However, the only rose of this name that I have ever seen or read about is a beautiful red colour. This rose had a lovely scent and grew prolifically its first year. I had it growing against a wire fence in a southeast-facing garden. For the following two years, it again grew well, doubling its reach. Vesey's catalogue describes it: "Stronly fragrant, this velvety dark red, double cupped rose (35 petals), is high centred to flat with 4 inch blooms. Growing up to a height of 12 feet, the repeat bloomer features dark, glossy, leathery foliage."
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Huntsville, Alabama Saraland, Alabama Mesa, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona Cabot, Arkansas Magnet Cove, Arkansas , British Columbia La Jolla, California Perris, California San Diego, California Sebastopol, California Clearwater, Florida Deltona, Florida Eatonville, Florida Fernandina Beach, Florida Miami, Florida Panama City, Florida Port Orange, Florida Seminole, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Tildenville, Florida Wauchula, Florida Marietta, Georgia Mountain Park, Georgia Chicago, Illinois Cobden, Illinois Wyanet, Illinois Evansville, Indiana Westfield, Indiana Bowling Green, Kentucky Alexandria, Louisiana Baton Rouge, Louisiana Kenner, Louisiana Mandeville, Louisiana Old Jefferson, Louisiana Cloverly, Maryland Eden, Maryland Millersville, Maryland Redford, Michigan Algoma, Mississippi Bay Springs, Mississippi Madison, Mississippi Affton, Missouri Raytown, Missouri Amityville, New York Honeoye Falls, New York Durham, North Carolina Rocky Mount, North Carolina Winston-salem, North Carolina Ashland, Ohio Ada, Oklahoma Edmond, Oklahoma Fallis, Oklahoma Greater Sudbury, Ontario Baker City, Oregon Churchill, Pennsylvania Ivyland, Pennsylvania Arcadia Lakes, South Carolina Prosperity, South Carolina Summerville, South Carolina Eagleton Village, Tennessee East Brainerd, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Lafayette, Tennessee Medina, Tennessee Middle Valley, Tennessee Austin, Texas Broaddus, Texas Buda, Texas Dallas, Texas Elgin, Texas Harker Heights, Texas Houston, Texas (2 reports) League City, Texas New Braunfels, Texas San Antonio, Texas Spring, Texas Willis, Texas , Virginia Mackenney, Virginia Mc Lean, Virginia Pearisburg, Virginia Richmond, Virginia Sterling, Virginia Winchester, Virginia Chelan, Washington Vancouver, Washington