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PlantFiles: Large-flowered Climbing Rose
Rosa 'Pearly Gates'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pearly Gates
Additional cultivar information: (aka Pearly Gates, WEKmeyer)
Hybridized by Meyer; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

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Modern Climber

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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:
Light pink (lp)
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

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:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral bobbieberecz On Jun 6, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I would have given this rose a negative except the blooms are so incredibly beautiful. Your site, as well as every other, proclaims this rose to be resistant to all the evils that plague roses----especially in northwestern Washington state's moist air: mainly black spot. It was covered with black spot one month into the planting. This year the new growth was lush and gorgeous and already stems and leaves are dying from the spot. Even so, new growth persistently keeps coming----before succumbing. What a disappointment!! I find the scent wonderful, though not as strong as some. It gets mostly sun until later afternoon and plenty of air circulation; certainly better than a run-of -the-mill rose I grabbed off a sad looking display at our grocery store. That one blooms constantly with NO spots! None of the natural products work----time to haul out the chemical warfare.

Positive ebk777 On Jul 5, 2009, ebk777 from Chilliwack
Canada wrote:

I bought a Pearly Gates rose before it had even a single leaf this spring. It grew into a nice mounded form and then started to form buds by the dozens. The rose bud is a beautiful peachy pink hybrid tea form that opens to a deeper peach center. The rose was blooming in the second week of June and the flowers are long lasting. The bush is in full bloom a month later. At this time I do not know if it will continue to bloom through the season. This is just about the most perfectly beautiful and prolific rose I have ever grown. It is also disease free so far. My only regret is that it has no fragrance. The locals in the Fraser Valley, B.C. area say it is winter hardy.

Positive jayne_a On Jun 4, 2008, jayne_a from Missoula, MT (Zone 4b) wrote:

I bought this locally at an end of season sale in 2006, and planted it next to the house against a south facing wall. Last year it came back strong and bloomed prolifically. I mulched it around the base, but left the canes on their trellis over the winter. I had very little die-back, lots of new growth this spring and now it is getting numerous flower buds. It is well protected against the south wall, but still I think it is hardier than advertised. (I was in zone 4b until a couple years ago, when we were reclassified as 5a.)

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

This rose has lovely blooms, but it dies down to the ground in zone 5 without winter protection.


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

Eureka, California
Newbury Park, California
San Diego, California
Hampton, Illinois
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Missoula, Montana
Charlottesville, Virginia
Concrete, Washington

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