Hybrid Tea Rose 'The McCartney Rose'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: The McCartney Rose
Additional cultivar information:(PP8391, aka MEIzeli, The McCartney Rose, Paul McCartney, Sweet Lady)
Hybridized by Meilland
Registered or introduced: pre 1988
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Hybrid Tea


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

Bloom Color:

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly




Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

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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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

San Jose, California

Jupiter, Florida

Griffin, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Zionsville, Indiana

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Brunswick, Missouri

Jackson, Missouri

Dunkirk, New York

Deerfield, Ohio

Urbana, Ohio

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Charleston, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Dallas, Texas

Fairfax, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Sterling, Virginia

Camano Island, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 10, 2017, MsFrankieD from Inman, SC wrote:

I have had this rose for about 15 years growing next to our garage in Upstate SC. Currently, this bush is 12-15ft tall with a spread of probably 10 feet. It towers over our garage. Still has blooms in December due to mild weather so far. We do literally nothing to it. Pruned every 5 years or so. Maybe. It's very happy where it is getting little attention other than gawking at the sheer wonder and beauty of it.


On Mar 18, 2015, PrincessSandi from Beaver Dam, WI wrote:

I want one! Gotta have it! Paul and Linda McCartney were/are two of the greatest people ever. Problem is I live in Wisconsin, in an apartment. I do have a patio and plenty of room indoors to bring plants in for the winter. Now, how can I accomplish this task? I tried last year with a hybrid tea rose but it died over the winter. How can I keep the rose alive through all the seasons?

I'll appreciate anyone's advice. I've always wanted this rose but had to give up my home several years ago due to disability.


On Dec 12, 2014, JoanBE from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

I've had this rose in my garden since it was initially sold, more than 14 years ago. I live in St. Paul, zone 4 and this rose comes back more vigorously each spring than it was the summer before.

I always protect it (and my 3 other tea roses), as soon as the ground freezes, with dirt mounded over the base. After I cut the bushes back to about 18-24", each rose bush then is covered with a 30 gal. leaf back filled with OAK leaves, held in place with a large rock. They remain this way typically from November until late April - and then the McCartney is beautiful the remaining months of the year. I nearly melt when I inhale its fragrance! It is stunning.


On May 15, 2011, VaGal from Newport News, VA wrote:

Bought strictly on name. Surprised at how wonderfully fragrant the rose is and the large beautiful blooms. Had about 8 yrs and it gets more gorgeous with each passing year!


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

This rose is probably the most fragrant rose I have and I only plant fragrant roses except for Carefree Beauty. Breathe deeply and it's almost intoxicating!
The 4-5" blooms are a very pretty true pink. It blooms continuously and prolifically. The foliage is quite striking with almost red new growth--almost looks like flowers on the end of the stems.
This is the second season for this rose and it is 6' tall. It has black spot, but I am not a very good rose gardener and my area has a lot of humidity.
I believe this is my favorite rose.


On May 19, 2010, ctindell from Sterling, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very vigourous and healthy rose. Very fragrant! Great cutting rose. One of my favorite!


On Jan 9, 2010, Helen421 from Griffin, GA wrote:

I have grown three of these wonderful roses for over six years and they never fail to be beautiful. Mine are very large now with hugh trunks. The fragrance is devine.


On Jul 30, 2008, HeatherD42 from Fairfax, VA wrote:

When my McCartney rose blooms, I can't walk by without taking a deep sniff! I bought my rose as a bare root and it really started taking off by the 3rd year It is now in its 5th or 6th year and with proper pruning and fertilization is more gorgeous than ever! The first set of blooms is best before the Japanese Beetles appear. It litterally explodes with dozens of blossoms all at once. I posted a picture of the incredible profusion of blooms. I have some problems with black spot every year, but I've had luck with a fertilizer/fungicide. The bright color and incredible fragrance are an amazing combination, I'm so happy with my rose. And I only bought it because it's named after Paul McCartney! :o)~


On May 4, 2008, jayceedee from Conway, SC wrote:

This rose is incredible! I wish I had a camera to send a picture. Today, May 4, it is covered with about fifty large blooms. In previous years, it has continued to bloom like this until fall. The fragrance is amazing. It is the most disease resistant of all of my roses. Now I am trying to find a source to order more of these plants- it seems to be unavailable or sold out in the nurseries I have used. I am in South Carolina, 15 miles inland from the coast (Myrtle Beach).


On Jul 20, 2005, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

22 international awards including four gold medals!
Superior fragrance, and one of the strongest. This rose is very healthy and grows to 7ft here in the south.


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

This rose has a very strong fragrance and a lovely color. The blooms are very large. It needs winter protection in zone 5.