A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife
Graceful flowers and lovely fountain form, alba roses are classified as Old Garden Roses because they were developed prior to the introduction of the first hybrid tea in 1867. Growth Habit - Albas have long, arching canes and some can be trained up walls as climbing roses. Dimensions - Most alba rose bushes will grow 6-9’ unless otherwise noted.
Alba roses prefer full sun but are one of the more shade tolerant roses. In fact, some albas are even suitable for growing up a northern wall exposure and those are detailed below. Maintenance - Since alba roses bloom on second year wood or older you won’t need to heavily prune these roses each year. Prune out dead canes after each winter or tip back the longest canes in mid-summer if the long, cascading canes get out of bounds, but otherwise albas can go many years with no pruning at all. Pests or Diseases - Alba roses are disease resistant.
Spotted on Jun 1, 2011
Submitted on Sep 8, 2011