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PlantFiles: Shrub Rose
Rosa 'Midnight Blue'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Midnight Blue
Additional cultivar information: (PP16623; aka WEKfabpur, Midnight Blue)
Hybridized by Carruth; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:

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

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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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative ms1954 On Mar 14, 2013, ms1954 from katonah, ny
United States wrote:

This is a rose I bought by mail, from Heirloom Roses. As is usual with their roses, it arrived tiny but healthy. I transplanted it into a pot with about an 8 inch diameter, and put it on my southern exposure deck in Westchester County, NY (Zone 5b/6a). It grew only two or three leaves and then died.

Positive Jez_Roth On Oct 2, 2012, Jez_Roth from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:

A wonderful color, isn't it?

Of course, that's the main reason I plant roses, the fragrance being a close second - but the color was so unique and deep that when I saw it on sale, I had to scoop it up.

So far, four months after planting, Midnight Blue is doing very well. Repeat blooming, rich scent, and while it does fade a bit into a lighter, reddish violet in the intense sunny days of Vegas, in ninety-degree-ish heat, it managed to look as intense as the photos shown.

I've received a variety of compliments on it and when I've given cuts of it as gifts, the recipient is often floored by the color.

Positive WMorgan On Aug 8, 2008, WMorgan from Medford, NJ wrote:

Been growing for a month and is very purple, even in 90 degree heat. Repeat bloomer. Can't wait to see it next year.

Neutral Jamie_Anderson On Apr 6, 2006, Jamie_Anderson from Wellington
New Zealand wrote:

This rose looks quite similar to the "Burgundy Iceberg" rose.

Positive morningstar83 On Jan 31, 2006, morningstar83 from Montpelier, VT wrote:

I first saw this rose fall 2005 in the Montreal Botanical Garden in Quebec. Beautiful! I took lots of pictures of plant and of the identification signs so I would not forget what it was. Since it seemed quite happy there, I've decided I'm going to order one and try it in Zone 4a Vermont!

Positive Gindee77 On May 7, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great little rose, it's got the fragrance of cloves and is the most amazing color of grapejuice purple! It's a relatively clean plant and is pretty hardy too.


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

, (2 reports)
Auburn, California
Reseda, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Upland, California
Sherman, Connecticut
Hampton, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Baltimore, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Las Vegas, Nevada
Medford, New Jersey
Windsor, New York
North Augusta, South Carolina
Maryville, Tennessee
Montpelier, Vermont
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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