The City of York Rose, is a large flowered White climbing rose.
The growth habit on this climbing rose is actually more like a Rambler than a climber.
It bears large, semi-double, creamy white flowers, displaying golden stamens when fully open. They open buff yellow, then turn to creamy white.
The foliage is glossy green and leathery; a perfect back drop for the white flowers. It has a fair amount of thorns (prickles).
Type Large Flowered Climber
Hybridizer Mathias Tantau (Germany) 1945
Blooms Creamy white, semi-double, 2 inch cupped blooms with 15 petals
Foliage dark green glossy
Fragrance Heady, musky perfume
Awards American Rose Society National Gold Medal Certificate 1950
Hardy Zones Zones 4-9
This white climber bears large clusters of up to 15, creamy white, informally shaped, fragrant flowers.
The large blooms are slightly cupped, and expose gold stamens.
In early summer it covers itself in beautiful blooms. It could occasionally repeat blooms if deadheaded immediately after flowering, but usually only blooms once, and is considered 'Summer Flowering'.
The flowers are not especially attractive close-up, but a bush in full bloom will attract attention over a long distance.
Parentage of this rose; Dorothy Perkins x Professor Gnau
The very vigorous canes can grow 10-12 feet tall with a similar spread when fanned out on a trellis.
This is a hardy rose that you can use on a wall, fence, pillar, trellis, or arch. It looks especially nice growing on a lattice with a blue flowered Clematis such as :Will Goodwin". (The contrast is spectacular!)
Because of it's growing habit, it is best suited for growing on a pergola.
The flexible canes on this rose are easy to train, so you could easily train it to grow up a tree such as a crab apple.
It also makes a nice ground cover rose that would cascade over a wall or down a slope.
The rose 'City of York' is a disease resistant, and hardy growing rose, although it is sometimes susceptible to mildew.
It was named for the city in Pennsylvania.
Hybridizer (Matthias Tantau) introduced this rose as "Direktor Benschop" about the time of the end of World War II. He wanted to change its name to 'City of York', in honor of the invading English armies. But under the rules of naming all cultivated plants, the original name had priority at the time.
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