Rosa ‘Adélaide d'Orléans’
double white old-fashioned rose
Popular for over 180 years, 'Adélaide d'Orléans' was bred in France in 1826 from Rosa sempervirens. It falls into a group that the Victorians called evergreen roses, and indeed it is in mild winters. Christine Allen, former GPP selection committee member and rose expert, describes its summer blossoms as "Powder-pink buds open into semi-double flowers whose silky white petals fan back slightly from a central boss of golden stamens. Their primrose fragrance, like that of most ramblers, is cast on the air rather than held within the flower. This rose has particularly sinuous canes and trusses of flowers on thin, plum-tinged laterals, making it a natural for training through a lattice or draping gracefully over a pergola." Its new leaves also have plum highlights and the flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, silver
Great Color Partners: rose, lavender, purple
Culture NotesThis vigorous and large rose grows best in rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay. The flowering will be best in full sun, but it will still produce a good show in light or open shade. Although it will tolerate a considerable amount of drought, occasional watering during dry weather will keep it looking its best. No pruning is needed to maintain this vigorous grower, but provide ample room for this large shrub to fully develop. It has good disease resistance. Young plants may take three to four years to reach a blooming size.
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Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Flower Color: white
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: occasional watering