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PlantFiles: Large Flowered Climbing Rose
Rosa 'Golden Showers'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Showers
Additional cultivar information: (PP1557)
Hybridized by Lammerts; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1956

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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)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium yellow (my)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

Patent Information:
Patent expired

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

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering
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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5 positives
5 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sunshimmer On Jun 10, 2014, sunshimmer from Shamokin, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted two of these about 4 years ago in spring in full sun on two separate trellis' 4'wx8'H alongside 2 Blaze climbing roses. The first year they got established and grew a little. The second year they sprouted up about 4ft and flowered lightly. They also got blackspot very bad with our wet spring weather we get every year. Third year they really shot up to about 8ft or more. Not sure exactly because I zig-zagged it across my trellis with the Blaze rose. It flowered about 50 flowers each plant for the whole season and got a very bad case of blackspot. This year we had a very severe winter and one of them died completely and the other only had one cane that barely survived. Now it has blackspot again. Spraying it for the blackspot again hoping to revive the little bit that is left. The Blaze rose planted right next to both of them made it through winter with no problems and is blooming profusely although it has blackspot too. I would say this rose would do wonderfully in a drier, hotter climate. Not sure why it died or barely survived considering it is rated 2 zones lower than mine. It has not been a good performer for me and I am contemplating taking out the one that barely survived and replacing with a different rose that won't get blackspot as bad and can tolerate the cold winds we have here better.

Neutral birder17 On Nov 21, 2010, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

The 2 1/2" blooms are a true yellow - look like "Spring". I bought it as a shrub rose and was told it would grow as a tall shrub or a climber and it is really tall - about 7' in it's second season. I will probably have to move it to a trellis somewhere in my yard.
It does get quite a bit of black spot in my humid area.
The blooms are a light to moderate fragrance.

Positive aegir On May 4, 2010, aegir from Bethesda, MD wrote:

I've got mine up against an east facing stockade fence, it gives me shady wet roots and full sun for the top of the plant most of the day. It is 3 years old now and trained across the top of my fence for at least 10 feet. Lots of blooms and easy care-3-5" of mulch, feed it twice a year and deadhead away and it just keeps blooming.I also planted clematis x jackmanii next to it and they do well together and when they are both in full flower it looks awesome.

Neutral Joan On Apr 4, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 1557 has expired
Positive Photographer On Apr 6, 2007, Photographer from Moxee, WA (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have 2 of these rose bushes planted about 8 ft apart growing upward in & out of 2 ft wide lattice. Each lattice is held in place by 2....10 ft long 4 inch round poles buried 3 ft in the ground. At the top there's another 8 ft of lattice connecting the 2 lattice that are 7 ft tall. This is my home made rose arbor. I have seen this particular variety of climber rose in numerous gardens in our valley. I went to a local nursery last weekend. This was the only rose variety being sold by this particular store in bags. Given the 1956 patent year ... I'd have to say there are several thousand of this particular rose here in the Yakima Valley. In my opinion this is one of the very best climber roses one can have. Great color.... flowery ... just so nice.

Positive Agnis On Apr 16, 2005, Agnis from Ridgefield, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Bloomed constantly from May till I cut it back in December. Was under a blue spruce when I bought the house (whoever planted the spruce planted the rose next to it 40 years ago), in complete shade. I've moved the rose to full sun, and we'll see how it does this year.

Positive janders On Apr 2, 2005, janders from Rockwall, TX wrote:

Had to learn to spray continuously throughout the summer to keep blackspot in check. After a shaky start, it blooms beautifully and leaves are growing in glossy dark green. High maintenence, but lovely yellow blooms (of course, I've never met a rose I haven't liked). Be especially careful to plant in spot that has good drainage.

Neutral JodyC On Jan 29, 2005, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Shade Tolerant. Disease susceptibility: Disease resistant. Can be pruned to maintain a shorter habit.

Positive Evert On Aug 10, 2002, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Nice yellow and quite big flowers. Flowers are pretty light yellow when they open and turn almost white when they get old.

Neutral JSS On Aug 12, 2001, JSS from Cordova, MD wrote:

Introduced in 1956
4 inch double blooms
25-30 petals
Moderately fragrant
Glossy foliage
Large flowered climber
Long almost thornless stems
Prone to black spot


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

Ketchikan, Alaska
Fairfield, California
North Fork, California
Santa Rosa, California
Seaford, Delaware
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
North Port, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Wilton, Maine
Bethesda, Maryland
Topsfield, Massachusetts
Caro, Michigan
Jackson, Missouri
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Summerville, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Gorman, Texas
Richardson, Texas
Rockwall, Texas
Moxee, Washington

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