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Large-flowered Climbing Rose 'Pearly Gates'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pearly Gates
Additional cultivar information:(PP10640, aka WEKmeyer, Pearly Gates)
Hybridized by Meyer
Registered or introduced: 1999
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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)


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)

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly


Trained to climb

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:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Eureka, California

Newbury Park, California

San Diego, California

Hampton, Illinois

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Missoula, Montana

Charlottesville, Virginia

Concrete, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 6, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I would have given this rose a negative except the blooms are so incredibly beautiful. Your site, as well as every other, proclaims this rose to be resistant to all the evils that plague roses----especially in northwestern Washington state's moist air: mainly black spot. It was covered with black spot one month into the planting. This year the new growth was lush and gorgeous and already stems and leaves are dying from the spot. Even so, new growth persistently keeps coming----before succumbing. What a disappointment!! I find the scent wonderful, though not as strong as some. It gets mostly sun until later afternoon and plenty of air circulation; certainly better than a run-of -the-mill rose I grabbed off a sad looking display at our grocery store. That one blooms constantly with N... read more


On Jul 5, 2009, ebk777 from Chilliwack,
Canada wrote:

I bought a Pearly Gates rose before it had even a single leaf this spring. It grew into a nice mounded form and then started to form buds by the dozens. The rose bud is a beautiful peachy pink hybrid tea form that opens to a deeper peach center. The rose was blooming in the second week of June and the flowers are long lasting. The bush is in full bloom a month later. At this time I do not know if it will continue to bloom through the season. This is just about the most perfectly beautiful and prolific rose I have ever grown. It is also disease free so far. My only regret is that it has no fragrance. The locals in the Fraser Valley, B.C. area say it is winter hardy.


On Jun 4, 2008, jayne_a from Missoula, MT (Zone 4b) wrote:

I bought this locally at an end of season sale in 2006, and planted it next to the house against a south facing wall. Last year it came back strong and bloomed prolifically. I mulched it around the base, but left the canes on their trellis over the winter. I had very little die-back, lots of new growth this spring and now it is getting numerous flower buds. It is well protected against the south wall, but still I think it is hardier than advertised. (I was in zone 4b until a couple years ago, when we were reclassified as 5a.)


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

This rose has lovely blooms, but it dies down to the ground in zone 5 without winter protection.