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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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
SKU BO735
Country of Origin France
Patent # No
Breeder Code No
Year 1868
Specific Color Pink
Hardiness Zone(s) 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Specifc ARS Score 8.0
Approximate Size 10-12' x 6'
Bloom Type Semi-Double
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Fragrance Exceptionally Fragrant
Shade Tolerant Yes
Characteristics Fragrance, Shade, Thornless

Reviews

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)
SMELLS GREATReview by RACHEL
I PLANTED LAST YEAR AND WAS SURPRISED HOW MANY BLOOMS IT HAD. I WENT TO YOU TUBE AND WATCHED PAUL ZIMMERMAN / ASHDOWN ROSES IT HAS MADE ME UNDERSTAND CLIMBING ROSES. I AM BUYING MORE THIS YEAR (Posted on 1/29/2014)
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)
Tough one.Review by Snow
I have this rose for 4 years. For last three years, it endures harsh winter in 6b/5a without protect and rabbits (their winter food), and gets no watering for last 2 years. It's planted in part shade area next to the shed. It gets a lot of black spots, since I don't spray. However, It comes back vigorously and blooms impressively every June, then, some repeats until frost. (Posted on 6/10/2013)
Outstanding!Review by ketra
I planted this rose about three yrs. ago and it is the best performer I have ever had. It is amazing and has a profusion of roses all over it. (Posted on 5/15/2013)
love this rose!Review by ginger
the picture here doesn't do the rose justice! I bought this rose based on the customer reviews. I am extremely happy with this rose. Flower is very fragment, with kind of soft pink red, really lovely, really pretty. If you can only get one climbing rose, this is the one you shall get. And thornless so it won't hurt people around it. (Posted on 5/15/2013)
Wonderful displayReview by nomibird
This is planted on our pergola and grows better than 15'. The scent is great as you walk or sit there. Everyone loves it because of the scent and no thorn worry. (Posted on 5/12/2013)
Beautiful! Review by Julie
I bought one of these two years ago. I'm so impressed with the color and that it truly is thornless. (Posted on 5/1/2013)
Still waitingReview by Cindy
I planted this rose to cover up an ugly fence surrounding my duck pen. The shrub is doing quite well at establishing itself. I am getting wonderful, climbing canes. I am still waiting on the flowers. I hope this year I will catch a glimpse of them, then be able to edit my review.
One problem not in my favor is that I may have to move this poor bush that is working so hard as it is in the only space that is big enough to put up a new building we want. (Posted on 3/28/2013)

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