Rosa ‘Adélaide d'Orléans’

double white old-fashioned rose

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Outstanding Qualities

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.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: summer flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, silver

Great Color Partners: rose, lavender, purple

Culture Notes
This 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.