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Red Fountain - Large Flower Climber Rose

Red Fountain

Large Flower Climber. Bred by Williams in USA in 1975.
Rose Photo
Use:
 
Fence
Color:
 
Crimson
Form:
 
High-Centered
Fragrance:
 
Strong Spice
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
 
8 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 

Comments One might guess that the goal of the breeder here was to take a red rose with heartbreakingly beautiful dark red roses and a reputation for being a climber and turn it into a rose that actually climbs, grows vigorously outside the French Riviera and Orange County, has better resistance to disease, and delivers a lot of flowers. It was a good thought, but the rose falls a bit short in a number of areas including stature: it's shorter than either parent. The roses are neither as plentiful as those of Blaze nor as pretty as those of Don Juan, but they are a true red, and they are fragrant. Growing to 8 ft, it is a climber in about the same sense that some of the old leggy Bourbons were; it is probably best trained on a rail fence. Or pegged. It has more disease resistance and cold hardiness than its seed parent, Don Juan. Thus it makes available to millions a fragrant red climber who otherwise might not have one.