Climbing Hybrid Tea Rose 'Madame Caroline Testout, Cl.'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Madame Caroline Testout, Cl.
Additional cultivar information:(aka Climbing Caroline Testout, Climbing Madame Caroline Testout, Madame Caroline Testout, Cl.)
Hybridized by Chauvry
Registered or introduced: 1901
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Modern Climber


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly


Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

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Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Capistrano Beach, California

San Leandro, California

Echo, Louisiana

Muskegon, Michigan

Bessemer City, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 10, 2011, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

The ARS Encyclopedia (first American Edition, 2003) cites this rose as likely the most popular hybrid tea grown at the time of its introduction. The flowers are large, fully double, globular, nod a bit and are quite fragrant.


On May 18, 2009, Hulafluff from Burlingame, CA wrote:

Bought Mdm. Carolyn Testout because it's reported to be tough as nails and is not agressive. Wanted something that didn't require much care and wouldn't overwhelm a small arbor. Ordered this plant two years ago, bare root, on its own rootstock from Vintage Gardens in Sebastopol. I'm extremely pleased with this rose.Blooms heavily in May and then repeats throughout the summer until fall. Nice fragrance.


On Jun 2, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in France.

Sport of 'Mme Caroline Testout'