Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info) Cultivar: Gruss an Aachen Additional cultivar information: (aka Salut d'Aix la Chapelle, White Willow Glen #1) Hybridized by Geduldig; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1909
Class: China Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora) Hybrid Tea Polyantha
Height: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
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: Light pink (lp)
Bloom Shape: Double
Flower Fragrance: Very Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Blooms repeatedly
Habit: Bush Can be trained as a standard or tree form
Patent Information: Non-patented
Other Details: Shade-tolerant 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
On Sep 3, 2012, kaschalk from Cincinnati, OH wrote:
I have planted Gruss an Aachen at three different houses in Cincinnati. First two times purchased from Wayside (early 80's and early 90's) third time from Antique Rose Emporium. This variety can't be killed with a stick! How can something this beautiful be so tough?
On Feb 18, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
From the Antique Rose Emporium Web site: Gruss an Aachen Floribunda 1909 Bred from the famous white Hybrid Perpetual ‘Frau Karl Druschki’, ‘Grüss an Aachen’ is believed to be the original rose that began the Floribunda class. Flat, 3 inch flowers nearly cover a 3 feet tall, bushy plant. The buds are colorful, with tints of orange-red and yellow, but the flowers open pale pink and fade to creamy white with a light hint of fragrance. Like all Floribundas, this rose is everblooming throughout the season. 3 to 4 feet Z5-9 R Fr lp
From About.com Gruss an Aachen
This compact floribunda is covered with buds that open as clusters of salmon pink double flowers and fade to creamy white. Bloom profusely over a long period and doesn't seem to mind partial shade at all. A favorite since its 1909 introduction, Gruss an Aachen grows to about 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall, making it a nice choice for a border or hedge. Zones 5 - 9
On May 21, 2005, eviestevie from Austin, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
this is the most amazing rose bush for areas of the garden that receive less than 6 hrs of sun. i have mine potted sitting on the west side of my house that only starts to get sun at 3p. what a profusion of blooms! easy to take care of and disease resistant.
On May 20, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
This low-growing rose is a favorite in my garden. It's always loaded with blooms and they are so pretty. Sometimes they look apricot, pink, white or a combination, and all on the same bush! This rose needs a bit of winter protection in my zone 5 garden.
On Apr 4, 2005, Elphaba from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I planted this behind Mutabilis which is a murderous rose. I think Mutabilis can sense competition and tries to smother it. Instead of growing toward the sun, Mutabilis grew northward and tried to smother Gruss an Aachen. I decided to transplant Gruss an Aachen. Unfortunately, a slip of shovel cut off almost all of the roots leaving less than a handful of roots. I transplanted it but I was sure it would die. It didn't die. It's doing quite well in a location with only part sun - amazing.
We've grown this rose in a planter by the pool where it gets sun for only half the day. It always forms masses of pink flowers with a classic rose shape in the spring, with three or four lesser flushes during the summer. It has a tendency to get "leggy", so you should prune it more often than we do :(. The scent is pretty strong, and is a sweet floral scent sort of like a cross between a classical tea rose and honey. Bloom color varies between a moderate pink and nearly white, depending upon how much we've fertilized it. We've never had any problem with disease or insects.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Little Rock, Arkansas Long Beach, California San Jose, California (2 reports) San Leandro, California San Marino, California Denver, Colorado Auburndale, Florida Marietta, Georgia Boise, Idaho Gages Lake, Illinois Hampton, Illinois Waterloo, Iowa Baltimore, Maryland Ann Arbor, Michigan Belmar, New Jersey Canandaigua, New York Boone, North Carolina Cincinnati, Ohio North Augusta, South Carolina Austin, Texas (2 reports) Houston, Texas (2 reports) Lasana, Texas Richmond, Texas Rowlett, Texas Linden, Virginia Mechanicsville, Virginia Olympia, Washington