Floribunda, Hybrid Tea, Polyantha Rose 'Gruss an Aachen'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gruss an Aachen
Additional cultivar information:(aka Salut d'Aix la Chapelle, White Willow Glen #1)
Hybridized by Hinner-Geduldig
Registered or introduced: 1909
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

Hybrid Tea



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:


Other Details:


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:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Little Rock, Arkansas

Campbell, California

Huntington Beach, California

Long Beach, California

Sacramento, California

San Jose, California (2 reports)

San Leandro, California

San Marino, California

Denver, Colorado

Auburndale, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Grayslake, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Waterloo, Iowa

Echo, Louisiana

Baltimore, Maryland

Brookline, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Belmar, New Jersey

Canandaigua, New York

Boone, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

North Augusta, South Carolina

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Harlingen, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Linden, Virginia

Mechanicsville, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 5, 2016, mnemier from Huntington Beach, CA wrote:

Bought this rose originally, if I remember correctly from either Wayside Gardens or Jackson and Perkins. It has Floribunda qualities. It's a quatered rose , anywhere from yellow white to peach through salmom. More salmon with maturity. I have bought 3 more in the meantime and hope to make a low hedge with them in our new home. Gruss an Achen has a lovely old rose fragrance and tolerates shade more then most roses. My original rose is still in the 14" pot I planted it in along time ago. She tends to get good feedback from others for her beautiful form and fragrance. She not too diseases prone in my Southern California garden, although she can get a little leggy. I have kept her in a little more shady of a situation. My plans are to plant my Grus an Achen hedge in an east/south facing ra... read more


On May 28, 2015, Spanatina from Campbell, CA wrote:

I love this rose. I bought it in 1999 or 2000 from Wayside Gardens, and I've grown it in a large pot ever since. Gruss an Aachen (which I've been told means "Greetings from Aachen" in German) will flower in partial shade, but with more sun it practically explodes in beautiful, fragrant pale peach/pink flowers that slowly fade to white. My only complaint is that my specimen seems very susceptible to powdery mildew. It's not as rugged as I wish it were.


On Sep 3, 2012, kaschalk from Cincinnati, OH wrote:

I have planted Gruss an Aachen at three different houses in Cincinnati. First two times purchased from Wayside (early 80's and early 90's) third time from Antique Rose Emporium. This variety can't be killed with a stick! How can something this beautiful be so tough?


On Feb 18, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

From the Antique Rose Emporium Web site: Gruss an Aachen Floribunda 1909 Bred from the famous white Hybrid Perpetual Frau Karl Druschki, Grss an Aachen is believed to be the original rose that began the Floribunda class. Flat, 3 inch flowers nearly cover a 3 feet tall, bushy plant. The buds are colorful, with tints of orange-red and yellow, but the flowers open pale pink and fade to creamy white with a light hint of fragrance. Like all Floribundas, this rose is everblooming throughout the season. 3 to 4 feet Z5-9 R Fr lp
From About.com Gruss an Aachen
This compact floribunda is covered with buds that open as clusters of salmon pink double flowers and fade to creamy white. Bloom profusely over a long period and doesn't seem to mind partial shade at all. A fa... read more


On May 21, 2005, eviestevie from Austin, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

this is the most amazing rose bush for areas of the garden that receive less than 6 hrs of sun. i have mine potted sitting on the west side of my house that only starts to get sun at 3p. what a profusion of blooms! easy to take care of and disease resistant.


On May 20, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This low-growing rose is a favorite in my garden. It's always loaded with blooms and they are so pretty. Sometimes they look apricot, pink, white or a combination, and all on the same bush! This rose needs a bit of winter protection in my zone 5 garden.


On Apr 4, 2005, Elphaba from Rockport, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I planted this behind Mutabilis which is a murderous rose. I think Mutabilis can sense competition and tries to smother it. Instead of growing toward the sun, Mutabilis grew northward and tried to smother Gruss an Aachen. I decided to transplant Gruss an Aachen. Unfortunately, a slip of shovel cut off almost all of the roots leaving less than a handful of roots. I transplanted it but I was sure it would die. It didn't die. It's doing quite well in a location with only part sun - amazing.


On Mar 27, 2005, silber from Belmar, NJ wrote:

We've grown this rose in a planter by the pool where it gets sun for only half the day. It always forms masses of pink flowers with a classic rose shape in the spring, with three or four lesser flushes during the summer. It has a tendency to get "leggy", so you should prune it more often than we do :(. The scent is pretty strong, and is a sweet floral scent sort of like a cross between a classical tea rose and honey. Bloom color varies between a moderate pink and nearly white, depending upon how much we've fertilized it. We've never had any problem with disease or insects.