Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info) Cultivar: The McCartney Rose Additional cultivar information: (PP8391, aka Paul McCartney, Sweet Lady, Meizeli) Hybridized by Mailland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1992
Hardiness: 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: Medium pink (mp)
Bloom Shape: Double Tea shaped
Flower Fragrance: Very Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Blooms repeatedly
On Nov 21, 2010, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:
This rose is probably the most fragrant rose I have and I only plant fragrant roses except for Carefree Beauty. Breathe deeply and it's almost intoxicating!
The 4-5" blooms are a very pretty true pink. It blooms continuously and prolifically. The foliage is quite striking with almost red new growth--almost looks like flowers on the end of the stems.
This is the second season for this rose and it is 6' tall. It has black spot, but I am not a very good rose gardener and my area has a lot of humidity.
I believe this is my favorite rose.
On Jul 30, 2008, HeatherD42 from Fairfax, VA wrote:
When my McCartney rose blooms, I can't walk by without taking a deep sniff! I bought my rose as a bare root and it really started taking off by the 3rd year It is now in its 5th or 6th year and with proper pruning and fertilization is more gorgeous than ever! The first set of blooms is best before the Japanese Beetles appear. It litterally explodes with dozens of blossoms all at once. I posted a picture of the incredible profusion of blooms. I have some problems with black spot every year, but I've had luck with a fertilizer/fungicide. The bright color and incredible fragrance are an amazing combination, I'm so happy with my rose. And I only bought it because it's named after Paul McCartney! :o)~
This rose is incredible! I wish I had a camera to send a picture. Today, May 4, it is covered with about fifty large blooms. In previous years, it has continued to bloom like this until fall. The fragrance is amazing. It is the most disease resistant of all of my roses. Now I am trying to find a source to order more of these plants- it seems to be unavailable or sold out in the nurseries I have used. I am in South Carolina, 15 miles inland from the coast (Myrtle Beach).
On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
This rose has a very strong fragrance and a lovely color. The blooms are very large. It needs winter protection in zone 5.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
San Jose, California Limestone Creek, Florida East Griffin, Georgia Hampton, Illinois Zionsville, Indiana Ann Arbor, Michigan Brunswick, Missouri Jackson, Missouri Dunkirk, New York Kildare, Oklahoma Conway, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Oakland, South Carolina Dallas, Texas Fairfax, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Sterling, Virginia Camano, Washington