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Rosa 'Distant Drums'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Distant Drums
Hybridized by Buck; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1984

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive spaceroses On Jul 24, 2011, spaceroses from Ellensburg, WA wrote:

This is an unusual color rose - sort of a coffee/cream inner color, fading to a mauve outer color. It has an antique look to it - very old fashioned feminine. Faint but pleasant scent. I like it a lot more than I thought I would. Vigorous plant, about 4-5 ft tall. It's doing the best of all the buck roses I planted this spring - covered in blooms.

Positive Gindee77 On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This rose is so hardy, it laughs at winter! It blooms quite a bit and the color is very unusual.

Neutral Paulwhwest On Jun 4, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in United States. Won the Modern Shrub Rose award from the Dixie Rose Club in 1999, and the Shrub award from Northwest Arkansas Rose Rustlers in 1999.

Seed: September Song
Pollen: The Yeoman


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

Berkeley, California
Calistoga, California
Forest Falls, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Hampton, Illinois
Homer Glen, Illinois
Topeka, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Beverly, Massachusetts
Freeland, Michigan
North Augusta, South Carolina
Dallas, Texas (2 reports)
Willis, Texas
Ellensburg, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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