Zephirine Drouhin

A climbing Bourbon that may be the most consistently blooming, large flowered climbing rose, with the added benefit that it is thorn-less. The 4" blooms (petals 16) are deep rose-pink, fragrant, and produced in great quantities on a continual blooming bush.

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Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score 8
Bloom Type Semi-Double
Breeder Code No
Characteristics Fragrance, Shade, Thornless
Specific Color Pink
Country of Origin France
Fragrance Exceptionally Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # No
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant Yes
Approximate Size 10-12' x 6'
Year 1868


Customer Reviews (26)

Vigorous beautiful rambler Review by Stella
Wow. This is certainly by far the most prolific rose I got from heirloom. EXACTLY what I read about and envisioned. To be true, the rose came about 8" high and is now well over 10 feet. Gorgeous color & scent. Loved by birds and used as a screen no one would cut through. It lived through major neglect in CA drought, no feeding or any care for years & thrived on neglect. Cannot say enough about this amazing tough beautiful rose! (Posted on 4/8/2017)
FabulousReview by maidie
Zephyrine is a wild and crazy lady! I bought her thinking she would make a nice 10-15' pillar rose beside my porch columns. Instead she grew past the third story and is trying to take the roof off!! When she blooms in the spring the whole block is perfumed and people come to take pictures. The only disadvantage is that once the spring flush is over, it's over till next year (maybe a few random blossoms in September). I love her anyway (Posted on 12/12/2016)
one of the best for climbing, shade tolerance Review by Rainqueen
Fragrance and being thornless makes this a very friendly rose. It is vigorous, and came back even when Bambi had part of it for dinner one spring. A clear medium pink bud for repeat flowering and foliage that does well even in part shade. I don't spray, but I moved it to a place with better air circulation, and its foliage is doing better. (Posted on 12/10/2016)
Love this rose!Review by Pamela
I've had my ZD for almost 10 years and even took it to my new house 3 years ago! It grows very quickly and I get a shower of beautiful flowers in the spring, but that's it! I remember flowers all summer long before I moved. I'm wondering if moving it from a partial shaded/protected area facing west to a very sunny south-facing area has something to do with the flowering cycle?
When it does bloom, however, it's a showstopper! (Posted on 10/7/2015)
Healthy Prolific BloomerReview by Clarice
Everything about this rose is good. I had this planted in a part shade location and it performed perfectly. The first flush is the strongest with tons of perfectly shaped flowers on virtually thornless stems. Makes a great cut flower. Very healthy, disease resistant. Glossy green leaves on this climber. (Posted on 3/26/2015)
Flowers Spring and FallReview by Kathy
I bought five of these about 7 years ago. Planted them in partial sun and they took off! Moved them two years later to full sun. They rebounded and got to at least 12' long. This spring, after a really hard winter, I cut them back hard. Yet they're back and blooming as strong as ever! Truly thornless with a lovely scent. These are perfect for a trellis anywhere in a sunny garden. (Posted on 6/3/2014)
My very favoriteReview by Calypso
When I decided to "try" growing roses ten years ago I never guessed that it would be so easy or that I would be so successful. Of the dozen varieties I grow, Zephirine Drouhin is by far my favorite. Her raspberry pink blossoms are fragrant and cover the arbor between our drive and the deck. People stop twenty feet away and wonder where the wonderful fragrance is coming from. This is a carefree, reliable, thornless beauty that even provides a little late season bloom or two. Maybe the secret of success is the BIG hole I dug for them according to instructions! (Posted on 5/26/2014)
FabulousReview by Susan
My rose is now 6 years old - it is taking over my house - but I don't care!!! Almost thornless, very fragrant, blooms prolifically and will take some shade. I don't think it gets any better than this! (Posted on 5/12/2014)
We love this roseReview by Bill
I bought this rose from Heirloom a probably 9 or 10 years ago, if I remember correctly it bloomed the second year. The rose is gorgeous even though we haven't given it much care other than removing some canes every year. I'm going to fertilize it this year to see if it will bloom a little more during the summer.

It is quite large so take that into consideration, ours is trellised along a west facing wall so mostly afternoon sun and late afternoon shade from a large apple tree. (Posted on 5/1/2014)
A beautiful performing roseReview by Laura
I bought one of these back in 2005 when I had little knowledge but I wanted a true old rose. I planted it on the east side of the house, the house was located on a large hill in an open area. I kept it trimmed like a bush, and the size of the bush and the amount of the blooms were incredible! Everyone that saw it commented on the scent and how beautiful it was, they told me I had a green thumb. I said thank you, but where you buy your roses is very important! I have moved, so I will be buying another one….just can't decide on how many! I live in southern Illinois and it handled the cold and humidity without any problems with bugs or disease. (Posted on 4/28/2014)
Dephirine Drouhin is a great climber.Review by Beth
I find this climber to be fast growing with a little sun and mainly in the shade. It has lots of beautiful blooms and no thorns. It is a repeat bloomer, I love it.
(Posted on 1/18/2014)
My favorite climbing roseReview by Teresa
I planted Zephirine against a fence in the back of my yard that only gets morning sun and neglected it completely except for a little water the first year. That was a decade ago, and every year it has given me countless gorgeous blooms with a heavenly fragrance--and that with no effort on my part except to tie its vigorous stems to the fence or they would otherwise stretch out all over the place. It is hands down my favorite climber! (Posted on 12/27/2013)
one of the bestReview by blomster
I have had this in my garden for at least 10 years it was slow to start, but it now is a dependable bloomer with a great first flush of blooms in June, and continuing through fall. The foliage is red at first turning green with no thorns. The scent is medium and pleasant great for cutting too. (Posted on 10/2/2013)
Continual BloomingReview by Margaret
Lovely colour and splendid aroma! Continual Blooming? Not so much. For 2 years in the row it flowered profusely in the spring, then nothing! Few pitiful flowers trough out the summer and autumn. Spring flush is rather spectacular however I expected more of the "Continual Blooming" specimen. (Posted on 8/28/2013)
A Giant of a RoseReview by Chicago Rose Grower
My Zephirine Drouhin arrived from Heirloom Roses 6 years ago as a tiny little thing. Nobody would have recognized it even after a few months. It leaped into new growth and by the end of the 2nd year most of the canes were at least 10'. It shoots up new canes regularly and a bit wildly. It is a challenge to keep it under control if you need it to look tidy. After spring pruning, I just keep tying the canes to the fence but don't do much to control it. I did not know how to properly prune it in the beginning so in the 4th year when I should have had a lot of blooms, I only had a few. I watched some videos and pruned it well the last two years and have been rewarded with 20 feet, yes, 20 feet of fence covered in intense pink blooms in the spring. It sporadically re-blooms but I would not call this a "constant bloomer". (Posted on 8/28/2013)
beautiful & fragrant, thornless, but no rebloom, fungus issuesReview by Will
I planted ZD on a north-facing brick wall in zone 5. l wanted a shade-tolerant, fragrant climber that bloomed all summer long. I planted it bare root and it established itself quite well the first season, but few blooms. I feared the rose may struggle to survive our sometimes harsh Ohio winters. I bought some brown burlap and loosely wrapped the long canes together, then stapled and clipped the burlap together. The rose came thru winter with very little damage. I bought some plant clips I could adhere to the brick wall w adhesive and put the long canes upon the wall. In hindsight, I would've pegged some canes into the ground and mounted more canes upon the wall horizontally to produce more flowers. The first time ZD bloomed, everyone was amazed at its delightful fragrance. I then deadheaded the spent blooms & waited for another bloom cycle that never happened. At best, I got only sporadic random flowers thereafter. I regularly fertilized and sometimes sprayed it. In short, ZD is a great rose but never repeat bloomed for me. It also fell prey to downy mildew & a touch of blackspot. I suspect it would perform better in a sunnier location. I moved from that house 8 yrs ago, but I've heard from the exwife that it's doing about the same. I hope to plant it again in a sunnier location. (Posted on 8/3/2013)
Finally blooms galore!Review by rossana
Just like previous reviewer, I thought I was not feeding or watering it properly after planting it in 2011, (and got 1 bloom in 2012), I didn't think it would ever bloom again. However, this year in Spring 2013, about April, so many buds came up! The buds seem to be in every cane. Beautiful bright pink and fragrant blooms! It rebloomed in May. I love it. Sadly, I sold the home, and we left the Rose bush, I would have dug it up brought with us, but I was concerned it may not transplant well. Also it has gotten so tall and climby. I miss it! (Posted on 7/19/2013)
Vigorous and blooming this yearReview by SarahSummerSun
Put it in last year in the Spring. It grew quite vigorously and bloomed lightly. This year it has been covered in flowers a couple times, and continues to bloom steadily on all the beautiful new growth it's putting out. Sweet fragrance! (Posted on 7/13/2013)
It's a lovely monster devouring a Chicago fenceReview by Marianne
When I first received my tiny little twig of a rose bush in the mail, I had no idea that this little thing would be a massive monster of a bush 5 years later. The first 3 years it just grew and grew. The 4th year I got a little bloom but not much - but I didn't prune or train the canes well. This year, I pruned hard in the early spring (I watched the Ashdown Roses videos on pruning) and now I've been enjoying continuous bloom since late May. It's easily 10-12 feet in either direction (I have it trained horizontally on a fence) and it's covered with incredibly fragrant pink blooms. I have it paired with a Jude the Obscure and Darlow's Enigma. The yard smells amazing. I can smell the roses faintly perfuming the air even on our deck which is 4 stories up. I love this Heirloom Rose! (Posted on 6/17/2013)

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