The Aloha rose is a nice pink hybrid climber. It has a great scent and great garden flexibility!
Into the history books….
This flower was first bred in 1949 by Boerner. However, there is an Aloha Hawaii rose that was bred in 2003 by Kordes. The Hawaii rose is apricot colored and less of a climber. We'll do a separate page on that flower. However, you may still see it called the Aloha though. Ah, the confusion of flower naming!
The true Aloha rose had the New Dawn and Gallart as parents, so mixes the traits of both of them. In 2001, it won the Award of Garden Merit.
This flower has brilliant pink flowers and a nice fragance. Its not overpowering like some damasks. It can be easily trained as a climber and can get up to 10 feet tall, although between six and eight feet is more likely. It produces large, very frilly and full blossoms that go throughout the summer.
Try growing this plant on a pillar, or alternatively, allowed to drape down from a wall or trellis. You can also grow it as a shrub as well, although the large heads and blossoms tend to make the canes sag.
Try the Aloha as part of your cut flowers, the nice fragrance can add a lot to your home!
The Aloha tends to be very resilient. It can handle even salt heavy soils and has been reported to be winter hardy up to twenty below freezing. However, for best results, it is rated for zone 5b to 9b. . t is slow growing and may be grown in very large containers. It requires moderate pruning, and is best trained as a pillar rose. With more severe pruning, it makes a moderate to large shrub.
Be aware that this plant has some thorns, although it requires minimal pruning. If you are growing it as a shrub, more pruning is needed. Its highly disease resistant.
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