Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Bloom shape: Other: Pompon
Petal count: full: 26-40 petals
Rose bloom color: White and white blend
Extra Bloom Info: In clusters
Rebloom: Some
Class: Noisette
Extra Color Info: White blend, pink shading
Growth Habit: Climber, typically 10 to 25 feet
Fragrance: Moderate
Misc: Shade tolerant
Hybridizer & year: Joseph Schwartz, 1879
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 7 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
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: Up to 25 feet
Plant Spread: 10-15 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Parentage: unknown

Common names
  • Rose

Photo Gallery
Location: my garden, Utah
Date: 2023-06-01
Location: Chudleigh, Tasmania
Date: 2018-11-12
Photo by LolaTasmania
Location: Italy
Date: 2019
Location: Atela Gardens, Alpiarça, 
Date: 2020-06-27
digital camera
Location: Atela Gardens, Alpiarça, 
Date: 2011-05-04
Photo by zuzu
Location: Italy
Date: 2023

photo credit: Stan Shebs

Date: c. 1886
illustration from 'Journal des Roses', April 1886
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2021-05-17
Outstanding fragrance
Location: In Zuzu's garden
Date: 2013-04-25
Photo by zuzu
Photo by zuzu
Photo by zuzu
Photo by robertduval14
Location: In Zuzu's garden
Date: 2013-04-25
Location: In Zuzu's garden
Date: 2013-04-25
Photo by zuzu
Location: San Jose Heritage Rose Garden
Date: 2008-04-16
Location: North Shore area of Jacksonville, Florida  32208, Zone 8b/9a
Date: 2012-04-02
Spring flowering only, but always a welcome treat each year.

Date: 2009-11-05

Photo courtesy Joy Creek Nursery.  Used with permission.
  • Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Feb 6, 2014 3:14 PM concerning plant:
    This noisette rose produces a magnificent flush of blooms late in spring and can rebloom later, but the subsequent flushes in my garden are meager enough to be inconsequential and disappointing. The rose is extremely easy to grow and can survive with no care at all. The largest of my Madame Alfred bushes grew by accident after a wheelbarrow of pruning debris tipped over in a corner of my garden and I failed to pick up every twig afterward. The bush is shade tolerant and drought resistant.
  • Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Feb 11, 2013 12:03 PM concerning plant:
    Noted by Antique Rose Emporium:
    "Though classed as a Noisette, the full blooms of this rose are more of a Bourbon or Hybrid Tea in shape. The flowers are intensely fragrant, cupped, and double opening the palest of pinks, then cooling to creamy white. Vigorous to about 20 feet and easy to work with, "Madame Alfred" will create a vertical focal point in any garden. Its nearly thornless canes make it a very easy rose to train. We have had flowers from it in January, when it was the only plant in the garden to bear a bloom."
  • Posted by rickycr (Italy - Zone 8b) on Nov 16, 2023 12:30 PM concerning plant:
    Antique climbing rose. The very perfumed flowers keep growing continuously from spring to beginning of winter. Flowers aren't very longlasting (even cut).
    A super resistant rose that grows quickly and requires very little care (if you don't have enough space, you will need to cut branches from time to time).

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