Rosa ‘Seagull’

double white old-fashioned rose

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

"2007 was the 100th birthday of 'Seagull', a rambling rose that continues to charm gardeners . In Classic Roses, English author Peter Beales writes, ""An established plant [of 'Seagull'] in full flush of flower is a sight to remember."" Closer to home, B.C. rose expert Christine Allen grows this rose and describes it as ""a great foaming white wave in bloom. 'Seagull' holds its tight clusters of slightly more than single flowers stiffly upright on short lateral stems. This characteristic makes it particularly responsive to training horizontally, although all ramblers produce more laterals, and therefore more flowers, if grown this way. Delicate grass-green leaves and a sweet fragrance contribute to its beauty, as does the sprinkling of tiny hips in fall."" In bloom, its flowers attract bees and butterflies. All ramblers provide good protection, including potential nesting sites, for wild birds. In Christine's garden, 'Seagull' is preferred by goldfinches for nesting! Although its country of origin is a mystery, its parents are not. It is a cross between Rosa multiflora and 'General Jacqueminot', a French rose from 1853. "

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

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

Plant Height-Mature: 35 ft. 0 in. (10.67 meters)

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: white

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
hybrid wichuriana per ARS. multiflora rambler per RHS. white. single. fragrant. Pritchard 1907.