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Rosa 'Compassion' (ClHT) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub or Rose

Habit

Climbing

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Autumn
Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Stem

Red in

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

rose 'Compassion'

Family

Rosaceae


Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits

Climbing Hybrid Tea roses are vigorous shrubs with stiff, thorny stems, bearing large, sometimes fragrant flowers, solitary or in threes, over a long period in summer and autumn

'Compassion' is a large and vigorous climbing rose to 3m, with glossy dark foliage on red stems, and fragrant, shapely, double, pink-tinged, coppery-apricot flowers 10cm in width

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in full sun with fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring and a balanced fertiliser again in early summer. Good for cut flowers

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Clay, Loam, Sand or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn or by budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Cut Flowers or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 17 (roses)

Pests

Aphids, leafhoppers, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars and rose leaf-rolling sawfly may be a problem. Rabbits and deer can cause damage

Diseases

May be affected by black spot, rose rust and powdery mildews