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Shrub Rose, Buck Roses Collection
Rosa 'Distant Drums'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Distant Drums
Hybridized by Buck
Registered or introduced: 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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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