Rose (Rosa 'William Baffin') in the Roses Database

Trade name information:
Series: Explorer
Cultivar name: 'William Baffin'
Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Bloom shape: Other: Saucer-shaped
Petal count: semi-double: 8-15 petals
Rose bloom color: Deep pink
Extra Bloom Info: Semi-double to double, in clusters
Rebloom: Some
Class: Other: Hybrid Kordesii
Extra Color Info: Deep pink
Growth Habit: Tall, climbing habit, 7-10 feet, arching canes
Fragrance: Mild
Hybridizer & year: Dr. Felicitas Svejda, 1974
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 2b and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 7-10 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Posted by GardenQuilts (Boca Raton, FL - Zone 10b) on Jun 21, 2016 1:33 PM

I read a review somewhere saying if you want a rose to cover the side of your igloo, this is the rose for you! I was a novice rose gardener facing a garden of dead, prickly twigs that used to be roses every spring. I wanted something that survived winter - does it ever!!!!!

It isn't fragrant, or vaseworthy, but it is big, beautiful, and healthy. It remains disease free without spraying or systemics - rare in the humid Pocono summers. Once its roots hit "critical mass," it sends up huge healthy canes covered with bright pink flowers. It makes the hot pink Knock Out rose look like a sickly dwarf.

What a survivor! It survived two moves in one year, including two "polar vortex" winters - the worst winters in recent history. I hurt my shoulder in the first move and didn't get all of my roses in the ground before winter. WB spent one winter in a pail.

I lost many of the roses I moved. I am still mourning their loss.

The survivors are small, short own-root roses, growing roots trying to revive - and William Baffin.

He is taller than I am, with canes as thick as my finger. ...still smaller than he was before I moved, but not for long. He survived without protection in the worst of winters. The only thing that can slow him down is the deer - they don't even bother the burly canes, just new leaves and buds.

I am growing this rose at the back of the garden, blocking (eventually) the neighbor's shed as a backdrop for my other roses and cottage plants.

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