Pillar, Arch, or Wall
Large - about 5 inches
Zone 4 - 9
Height & Width:
20 ft x 6 ft
Though it is certainly not his most influencial rose, there are those who might argue that Silver Moon is Dr. Van Fleet's best and most popular rambler. The flowers are five inches across and plentiful, and the foliage is dense, dark green and glossy. The health and vigor is typical of a wichurana rambler. It's quite resistant to blackspot, making it a great choice for many locations east of the Mississippi. It is, however, susceptible to mildew.
BTW: According to HMF, Dr. Van Fleet reported in 1916 American Rose Annual that a seedling (R. wichurana x Devoniensis) was pollenated with R. laevigata pollen, establishing it as the presumed pollen parent. Subsequently Charles Walker Jr. concluded that R. laevigata was not part of the parentage.
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