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Rosa 'Pinkie'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pinkie
Additional cultivar information: (aka Pinkie Cl., Climbing Pinkie)
Hybridized by Dering; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1952

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

Bloom Color:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
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)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Kell On Jun 3, 2008, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This rose is a sport of Pinkie. It is almost thornless. It is an Armstrong introduction from 1952.

Positive wonderbroad On Mar 4, 2008, wonderbroad from Charleston, SC wrote:

I didn't find it to be as shade tolerant as the guides suggest. It does much better in full light. It doesn't tolerate dry conditions as well either. Hardly any thorns and the blooms are adorable! Profuse blooms and for longer than the guides stated.

Positive alicewho On Apr 27, 2007, alicewho from North Augusta, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is the most prolific rose in my garden. It grows much taller then the suggested 8 ft and is always covered in blooms. It does need a really sturdy support.

Neutral Paulwhwest On Jul 11, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Introduced in the United States.

Sport of 'Pinkie'

Positive Happenstance On Mar 31, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Breeding: Bred in Unknown (1952) by E.P. Dering. Introduced in United States by Armstrong Nursery/Nurseries.
Bloom: Medium pink [ARS mp] blooms. Mild fragrance. Double bloom form. Repeats its bloom again later in the season.
Size: Height of 5' to 9' . Width of 7' to 13' .
Growing: Zone 6 thru 9.
Parentage: Sport of Pinkie
Planted bare root in April of 2003, after we lost 60' of fence in a winter storm. Had a few blooms summer of 2003, now April of 2004 it is loaded with buds and ready to go. The image shows coverage of the fence after 1 year of growth.


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

Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Lake Forest, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Saint Louis, Missouri
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Grapevine, Texas
Houston, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Paris, Texas

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