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Francis E. Lester - Rambler Rose

Francis E. Lester

Rambler. Bred by Lester Rose Gardens in USA in 1946.
Use:
 
Arch, Pergola, Wall
Color:
 
Pale Pink
Form:
 
Single
Fragrance:
 
Strong
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Profuse
Bloom Size:
 
Small (1-2 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 4 - 9
Height & Width:
 
18 ft x 8 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Francis E. Lester smothers itself in small, single, pink-flushed roses once per year. In this sense, it is like a lanky Ballerina. Or like one of the great species musk roses. David Austin and Peter Beales Roses both claim the rose will project fragrance well, calling it strong or powerful. It makes the short list of High Country Roses "Most Fragrant Roses." A few other sources claim it has less fragrance. Its strong affinity to multifloras means that it tolerates humid conditions and frost exceptionally well, and that it is vigorous almost to the point of being weedy. Though it does not repeat, it does produce a good crop of small, orange, decorative hips.