Hybrid Musk, Shrub Rose 'Sally Holmes'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sally Holmes
Hybridized by Holmes
Registered or introduced: 1976
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Hybrid Musk



6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

White (w)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Trained to climb

Trained on pillar

Patent Information:


Other Details:


Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are nearly thornless

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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

Smiths, Alabama

Burlingame, California

Carlsbad, California

Emeryville, California

Fresno, California

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Cruz, California

Winchester, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Montrose, Colorado

Atlanta, Georgia

Conyers, Georgia

Palmyra, Illinois

Coushatta, Louisiana

Boston, Massachusetts

Turners Falls, Massachusetts

Winona, Minnesota

Reno, Nevada

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Ashland, Oregon

Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2 reports)

Providence, Rhode Island

Lewisburg, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Ridgefield, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Weirton, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 23, 2018, MrDinglepopples from Ann Arbor, MI wrote:

Although the nursery rated her as being hardy up to Zone 5, the Sally Holmes I tried in my zone 6 garden did not survive a comparatively mild southeastern Michigan winter.


On Jan 20, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This variety grows and blooms well and is fairly disease resistant here, and the flowers are much larger than usual for a hybrid musk, averaging 3.5". But I have a problem with the flowers.

The individual flowers don't last long, and the faded petals cling to the blooms without self-cleaning. As with most white roses, the brown faded petals are conspicuous. So the whole flower cluster starts to look untidy before most of the buds have opened, unless you go in for detailed, daily deadheading. The photos are deceptive in this respect.

Rebloom is good.

This variety may be disease-resistant, but it's far from disease-free. Here the interior leaves show some black spot symptoms but defoliate only on the lower parts of the shrub.

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On Jun 1, 2014, SMori from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA wrote:

Sally Holmes is fabulous! Planted on south wall just under our roof eaves and it's growing beautifully in its first year. I've read never to plant roses under roof eaves but since I have successfully grown another rose climber near Sally Holmes (and it's been there over 10 years) I knew it would be okay. Both climbers get watered only twice a week from lawn sprinklers but I do give them a long slow drink occasionally if the weather gets too hot. I love my climbing Sally Holmes!


On Jun 9, 2013, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Got a cutting and it blooms the first yr. Very strong grower, little thorns, disease free, little care, it can be a bush or climber. Clusters of flowers that stays on for a very long time. Huge blooms, variations of color begins as beige/bronze and then slower age to white.


On Dec 9, 2011, Mamaknock from Conyers, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I just love this Rose. It is my very favorite in my garden. She requires very little care (unlike the others) and is the best repeat blooming growing in partial shade trained over a south facing chain llink fence. I have had neighbors ask for her name several times since planting. She is close to a roof down-spout in sandy soil so she gets plenty of deep watering when it rains.


On Aug 28, 2006, nauplion from Seattle, WA wrote:

Grows splendidly in Seattle, though tends to pink spots when rained on. Spotting right now after 4 months of drought, though it has had regular gound-level waterings. When the plant is covered with bouquets, as it is now, it looks like a wedding. Last year bloomed steadily late May through October.


On May 13, 2005, mwilson from Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This shrub rose has become a favorite in my family. It produces huge masses of flower heads that look a little like hydrangeas from a distance, but are delicate and beautifully colored up close. We have had absolutely no problems in terms of disease or pests. The catalogues all say that this rose is for moderate zones and warmer, but my family has five, much-beloved, six year old bushes growing (without undue winter cover!) in Southern Minnesota (zone 3-4). It also grows wonderfully in the Dallas area.