Don Juan

Type: Climbing Roses

Produces scores of wonderful large, rich, dark velvety-red, double, cupped 4" blooms with a wonderful tea/fruity fragrance. 40+ petals. One of the finest of the red climbers. Dark green, glossy, leathery foliage. Striking planted against a white fence. Makes a good cut flower.

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Regular Price: $41.00

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Additional Info

Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score 8.2
Bloom Type Cupped, Double
Breeder Code No
Characteristics Cutting, Fragrance, Shade
Specific Color Dark velvety red
Country of Origin Italy
Fragrance Very Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 5 (-20° to -10°), 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 8' - 10' X 6'
Year 1958


Customer Reviews (24)

Wonderful Review by Clara
What can I say, what a red. Can't wait for it to grow larger. (Posted on 10/10/2018)
Love this beautiful roseReview by Brenna
This rose was the slowest to leaf out, it is growing pretty slowly. But I have had it for four months now. I've had three blooms. There are several buds on it right now. And it is absolutely gorgeous. It truly is my favorite rose. It smells so wonderful, it's stunning in bloom. I came back from a trip to it blooming. We got home late at night. And I could see a gorgeous rose from the street. It was Don Juan. I plan on having several of these stunning roses. (Posted on 10/5/2018)
Oh my! Stunning!Review by Sharon A
For years I have heard how marvelous Don Juan is in the red rose climbing variety. I planted this rose early 2018 and when the first bloom appeared, it blew me away with its size, deep red color, petal count and velvety texture! A gorgeous rose that will last and last on the bush! What a beauty! This rose is a must for every rose gardener! (Posted on 8/31/2018)
This is my Favorite Red RoseReview by MomPerson
I am back from zone 8 here in Sunny California to sing more praises of my Don Juan rose! After a slow start when I first got him, he is now in his 3rd blooming this season! All the blooms are at least 4", deep red and perfectly formed. Each bloom lasts a long time and is born singly on its' own stalk (perfect for cutting!). The foliage is dark green. I have had no problems with disease in this plant while many of the others are beset by powdery fungus and must be sprayed. Almost all of my roses are in containers and I just realized I could buy another one! Why didn't I think of this before! I own many beautiful rose bushes but so far, this is my favorite one! (Posted on 8/15/2018)
Absolutely my favorite!Review by Laura
We recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and have a fence around our large yard. Obviously, a fence just begs for climbing roses! I wanted a true red, and chose the Don Juan. My bush is still small, but has bloomed twice with spectacular RED RED RED blooms.Even better than I'd hoped - it's REALLY GORGEOUSLY RED!! I LOVE this rose! (Posted on 8/3/2018)
This is one of the hardiest climbers I ever had the pleasure of growing. Due to unforseen problems, we had to cut ours down and I failed to get a cutting. Review by don't have one
We live in North Alabama where sometimes the winters can be pretty cold, but my climber never had a problem. We did plant it in a southern spot and the house shielded it from the northern winds. (Posted on 8/2/2018)
Don Juan was planted under an eave on a SE wall almost 20 yrs. ago in Western WA. It has never suffered from any disease and blooms reliably without the benefit of any sprays or fertilizers. The seductive red and swoon fragrance can't be beat.Review by Linda
Bellevue, WA (Posted on 6/9/2018)
Gorgeous, Sophisticated, and ElegantReview by MomPerson
It's a year later and I'm back to let those who have interest that my Don Juan rose bush is blooming like crazy here in zone 8. Since that first, small rose just after I planted him he has graduated to medium sized velvety, deep red blooms that last a long, long time. I am now waiting for a second showing since all my early spring flowers have come and gone. Oh, but they are worth waiting for! This has become my favorite rose!!! (Posted on 6/5/2018)
Awesome Review by LA Woman
This is the first ever rose I bought in my life (Nov 2017). The amount of neglect I put this rose through is not funny: kept it in the original container it was shipped by Heirloom for 3 months when it started blooming. I then felt bad, I planted it in the garden with $1steer manure mixed from Home Depot. Yet it started to take off in my garden with several BIG blooms on it in late April, and it’s growing like crazy. I did give it the fish fertilizer as well. My subsequent purchases of bare root roses from another famous rose breeder are suffering- now I finally i think I get the point of OWN root roses (and the price) from Heirloom roses. Their roses grow and thrive even under my less than advanced care. And the flowers on Don Juan are gorgeous!!!!!!! Ohhh. (Posted on 4/28/2018)
Don't hesitate--just get it! You'll love it!Review by Susanna
Definitely my favorite red climber! It grows next to an ever-blooming Cecille Brunne and makes its way up an old tree trunk. Fragrant blooms that I can cut and bring indoors. I also have another I bought maybe 13 years ago that has grown to cover the side of a storage shed and continues to be healthy and bloom profusely here in the SE AZ high desert. (Posted on 1/5/2018)
Incredible RoseReview by MomPerson
When I bought Don Juan I knew it would be a red rose, after all, what other color could a rose named "Don Juan" be? It wasn't long before a bud snuck into existence and while it took a nice long while for it to open, when it did I was shocked at the DEEP, DEEP dark red, velvety color of the petals. The shape of the rose was exquisite! There was nothing left to be desired except for size and fragrance. Many of my Heirloom roses which claimed fragrance, did not have any fragrance at first. Also, this rose was about 11/2" in size but otherwise perfect. I can't wait to see what the turn of the season will bring! (Posted on 10/30/2017)
Kept their promiseReview by Don Juan
I bought these roses for my container garden in New York. I read about the roses and the blossomed as described. I planted them in spring and I’ve had a succession of blooms. They are lush, red, large, sturdy roses that smell like cherry ice Pops and look like velvet. Since I planted them, they’ve grown about 3 feet. Great quality. Wish I had more space otherwise I’d have many more. (Posted on 10/14/2017)
Great roseReview by Chappy
Purchased this rose in late spring because it had been out of stock. Used the fish fertilizer and it took off like crazy. It is well over 8 feet and has had many small roses. Very flagrant. I am looking for another spot in my yard so I can grow another one next year. It is a great rose bush. (Posted on 10/10/2017)
excellent serviceReview by Andreea
Beautiful rose, has a good fragrance. My first rose died, but Heirloom roses sent me another one, and this one is doing great! Thank you for your replacement , I appreciate very much your service and dedication to your customers! (Posted on 10/7/2017)
Beautifully fragrant and rich colorReview by Serendipity367
Admittedly this is only the second Rose bush I've ever purchased as am just starting out on my quest to have a full rose garden to keep me busy after my children are grown.
I purchased two plants, one went into an oversized container and the other went into the ground. Both are within 5 feet of one another, however, the one in the ground has grown leaps and bounds over the one in the container.
Regardless of size, both are exceptional bloomers with deep red, large, fragrant blooms.
I've had to deal with black spot here in central North Carolina but spraying every 2 weeks seems to keep it at bay.
Certainly a great rose for a beginner! (Posted on 9/15/2017)
Sultry colorReview by Wendy
Second year in after a fall planting, and had to compete with a mountain of nasturtiums that resulted in a 'what the heck?" seed toss. Still put out roses and managed to give me a couple feet of growth. Very delicious color. Heady scent. Must have. (Posted on 8/30/2017)
on the fenceReview by Icetsarina
I just put these in a couple of months ago and am being asked to review. I can say they made it through a very cool wet spring. They have greened up and I have seen a few small roses. I put these two climbers in at the same time I put in the Oranges and Lemons climber. That climber is a four foot already and bursting with blooms. I am thinking this one is just a slower grower. I hope! (Posted on 6/9/2017)
Excellent climbing red roseReview by Phil
I have grown several of these in Augusta, GA, zone 7a for 4-5 years. If treated to reasonable care these will perform wonderfully. The color is all one could ask for and the fragrance is strikingly strong. We have a very hot and humid climate and there is no question, but that any rose grown here will eventually display Black Spot fungus infection. The answer is to set up a periodic spray program and keep the beds cleaned of dead leaves. This rose tolerates black spot as well as any in my experience and rotating your fungicide type will help insure that resistance does not arise. Highly recommended!
(Posted on 12/22/2016)
Stunning Review by Kelsey
Truly a beautiful rose that is a dark rich red color. I have it growing along a white archway and the color contrast is eye catching! This was my first time planting roses, so it's proof that this rose is very hardy and anyone can grow it! (Posted on 5/22/2014)
A Perfect Red, in the Right ClimateReview by Steve
I've grown Don Juan in two locations: in zone 6b New Jersey, and in the mountains of Arizona zone 7b. In flower, it is the most perfect red rose imaginable. It is well-formed, dark red, velvety, and fragrant. The plant does require good conditions, though. In New Jersey it perished from black spot. In Arizona, it did better, but it also perished from spring freeze-thaw cycling. Those who garden in dry climates where there is no blackspot, where there is also no winter, and where spring creeps slowly and gently into summer may find this the perfect short red climbing rose. Others will probably find it just a little too difficult to cultivate. (Posted on 4/19/2014)

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