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PlantFiles: Species Rose
Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Species: filipes (fil-EE-pays) (Info)
Cultivar: Kiftsgate
Additional cultivar information: (aka Filipes Kiftsgate)
Hybridized by Murrell; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1954

Synonym:Rosa filipes

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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:
Mid Summer

Trained to climb
Trained as rambler

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Sets hips

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative mlnapier On Feb 22, 2010, mlnapier from Atlanta, GA wrote:

I planted a Kiftsgate rose next to a dogwood tree in March 2003 in my garden in Atlanta, GA. I got it from It was recommended by my garden designer as a low maintenance rose. The reason I don't like it and took it out (after 7 years) was because it only blooms for about 10 days once a year. Also, it is an aggressive grower which meant frequent pruning and the thorns are VERY SHARP. NOT worth the work and scratches for 10 days of blooms.

Positive pookerella On Jun 11, 2006, pookerella from Bellmore, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

They are gorgeous. They grow all along our highways on Long Island. Unfortunately, there isn't a nursery in the US that sells them...only found them on the web in the UK. They bloom here in late spring, though, at least they did this year. We've had an unusual year this year as we pretty much had a zone 8 winter. Everything was in full bloom, including these lovely plants!

Neutral saya On Jun 12, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I can agree with this.. I 've seen this rose growing at the side of a house ...growing allready 10 meters high reaching for more..When it's flowering it's lovely..big sprays of fragnant white blooms...strong and if it can grow into a old tree where it can grow and flower as much as it likes to do.

Hybridizer: E Murrell - 1954

Positive davidmcewan2 On Jul 23, 2003, davidmcewan2 from Glasgow
United Kingdom wrote:

Try to stop this fast growing climber. The biggest rose I have grown, 12feet in its first year. The blooms are white, fragrant and single. A very healthy and strong growing rose. I cannot think of a negative other than it grows too large.


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

Atlanta, Georgia
Canton, New York
Hicksville, New York
Bothell, Washington

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