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Floribunda Rose 'Gene Boerner'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gene Boerner
Additional cultivar information:(aka Gene Boener)
Hybridized by Boerner
Registered or introduced: 1968
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

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

Stems are moderately thorny

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Grass Valley, California

Chicago, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Lansing, Kansas

Crofton, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Cass City, Michigan

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Bay Springs, Mississippi

Columbus, Ohio

Rocky River, Ohio

North Augusta, South Carolina

Abilene, Texas

Gorman, Texas

Houston, Texas

Kyle, Texas

Navasota, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Norfolk, Virginia

Richlands, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 28, 2016, rossbynum from Houston, TX wrote:

In my opinion, the best all-around rose I've grown...period. It's extremely disease resistant, very heat tolerant, it blooms constantly, the flowers have a classic rose shape, they last forever in a's just an awesome rose. The only negative is that it isn't fragrant, but if you don't mind that this is my #1 recommendation for beginners and experts alike.

You can also typically find this plant at big-box stores for a song in the spring. If you see one, snap it up asap!


On Jul 18, 2015, katiecatrose from Cass City, MI wrote:

I found this rose as a bagged $6 bargain. I have over 60 different varieties of roses and this is by far my hardest working bloomer. The blooms are in sprays and nearly constant, all over the entire bush. The color is a medium pink and while the individual roses are not stunning on their own, the effect of the full sprays covering the bush is wonderful to see. This rose lived happily through the last two winters of arctic freezes in my zone 5 garden with no protection at all. This is a great rose for a beginner; and experienced growers would love the ease of care and bursts of color from this hardy workhorse. Gene Boerner rose should be more widely offered.


On Sep 12, 2012, strawberryhill from 5a, IL wrote:

Gene Boerner Floribunda is almost thornless. I saw at Lowe's for $20 and was impressed at how thornless it was. At Cantigny park in Chicagoland, zone 5a, Gene Boerner is the BEST-LOOKING bush out of 1,000 bushes. It's loaded with tons of blooms, zero diseases, even when other roses look bad in humid & rainy weather. At Cantigny rose park, I don't see thorns in Gene Boerner either. It should be listed as "almost thornless", no scent, but constant blooming.


On Feb 2, 2012, TMS85 from Kyle, TX wrote:

The Gene Boerner is probably the best overall shrub rose I've ever planted, at least for my climate (Austin, TX).

First, it's very disease resistant. It stays strong and healthy when nearly all my other rose bushes are getting fungus and blackspot. The only bushes the really compare are the highly-resistant Knockouts I have, but they don't look as good, since the Gene Boerner has thicker, greener, healthier-looking leaves and an equal number of blooms.

Secondly, it handles the weather well. It keeps healthy growth even in the hottest weather and blooms continually from summer to frost. Of all my roses, the Gene Boerner did the best in Texas's record-setting, scorcher summer of 2011. It also does well in the winter. Mine keeps nearly all of its bright-gre... read more


On Feb 21, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

1969 All American Rose Selections winner

Class: Floribunda
Bloom: Medium pink
Size: 4 ft. tall
Introduced: Boerner, 1968
A lovely classic pink floribunda. High-centered roses with slight fragrance are produced in abundance repeated throughout the season. Disease resistant is good. Zones 6-9. Gene Boerner floribunda rose is a pure pink beauty is a super-vigorous bush and offers color all season.
Height/Habit Medium-tall, Upright
Bloom Size- Medium, Full
Foliage- Medium green
Petal Count 35 - 40
Fragrance- Slight
Parentage- Ginger x (Ma Perkins x Garnette Supreme)
Hybridizer Boerner - 1969
Disease Resistance- Very G... read more


On Sep 19, 2005, alicewho from North Augusta, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I just adore this rose. It's planted along with about a dozen others, different kinds, and the pink really stands out.


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

This is a great rose, it's very floriforous. The blooms look like frosting roses. It's hardy in zone 5 with minimal winter protection.


On May 30, 2001, Zanymuse from Scotia, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Large blooms borne singly and in clusters on an upright bush with light green foliage. Beautiful rose but lacks fragrance.