Rosa ‘Paul's Himalayan Musk’

double pink old-fashioned rose

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

"To clothe a long fence or pergola or thread its way through sturdy conifers 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' is a worthy candidate, thanks to its cascading habit. It blooms later than most others of its class, rarely before July in my northerly garden. Strong, arching canes are festooned with small, fragrant rosettes of candy-floss pink." So writes B.C.'s Christine Allen, GPP selection committee member and rose expert. In bloom, its flowers attract bees and butterflies. It generally blooms for about five weeks, beginning as soon as mid-June in some parts of our region. Although its parentage is unknown, it has been grown in the UK since the late 19th century. Its glossy, dark green leaves have coppery hint when they are young. Their slightly drooping habit hints at musk rose (Rosa moschata) parentage, writes Peter Beales, English rose expert. All ramblers provide good protection, including potential nesting sites, for wild birds.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: purple, pink, lavender, yellow

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.
Geek Notes
"""Modern Roses 11 gives no introducer or date (Earle/Paul 1899)"""