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Climbing Pinkie Rose

Fact sheet: Climbing Pinkie Rose

Classification: Climbing Polyantha

Introduced: 1952

Growth habit: Mannerly climber

Height/width: 10 feet by 7 feet

Spacing:  9 feet apart on centers

Color: Medium pink

Site: Full sun. Good air circulation.

Water use: Keep moist until established (usually requires one month to establish). Average water needs during growing season. Appears to tolerate highly saline irrigation water when drip irrigated.

Cold hardy: Zones 6-9

Having very few thorns makes Climbing Pinkie the perfect rose to train on columns, trellises and arbors. It is beautiful, cascading down a rock retaining wall or along the top of a rail fence. It can even be grown trailing down a steep incline, as a large mounding shrub or plant several for an informal hedge. Climbing Pinkie will tolerate saline irrigation water as long as there is plenty of organic matter in the soil and the irrigation is done in a way that protects the foliage from contact with water. Old canes should be removed after flowering has finished in late spring each year. This allows new canes to develop.

Landscape Uses

Climbing Pinkie is a mannerly climber if supported or makes a beautiful cascading shrub. This cascading form makes an excellent informal landscape border. Climbing Pinkie can be used to form tall hedges or screens to block unsightly views. When planted alone this plant is a spectacular specimen. New canes develop from the base of the plant and older canes should be removed annually to maintain optimum growth and flowering.

About Earth-Kind® Roses

Earth-Kind is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service through the Earth-Kind landscaping program. It is based on the results of extensive research and field trials and is awarded only to those roses demonstrating superior pest tolerance, combined with outstanding landscape performance.

Earth-Kind roses do well in a variety of soil types, ranging from well-drained acid sands to poorly aerated, highly alkaline clays. Once established, these select cultivars also have excellent heat and drought tolerance.

The use of Earth-Kind roses provides the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful flowering plants while limiting the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and water. These sustainable practices are excellent examples of how Earth-Kind landscaping is working to preserve and protect our natural resources and the environment.

Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden