Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Large: 4-5"
Bloom shape: Cupped
Petal count: full: 26-40 petals
Rose bloom color: Mauve and mauve blend
Extra Bloom Info: In clusters
Rebloom: Good
Class: Shrub
Extra Color Info: Bronze-brown center, shading to lavender toward the edges
Growth Habit: Medium-tall, 4-5 feet, bushy
Fragrance: Moderate
Hybridizer & year: Dr. Griffith J. Buck, 1984
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 5 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)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: 4-5 feet
Plant Spread: 2-3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Other: Russet-tan and lavender
Flower Time: Spring
Summer
Fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Parentage: September Song x The Yeoman
Child plants: one child plant

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Location: Near Napa Valley (Northern California)
Date: 2020-10-16
Distant Drums

Date: 2019-08-30

Date: 2018-06-01
Location: In my garden
Date: 2015-04-25
Photo by MargieNY

Date: 2017-10-10
Location: Near Napa Valley (Northern California)
Date: 2019-07-20
Location: central New Hampshire
Date: 2007-06-18
my garden, zone 4b New Hampshire
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: 2022-05-24
for me the blooms are unique
Photo by zuzu
Location: My garden
Date: 2016-05-04

Date: 2016-06-01
Location: central New Hampshire
Date: 2007-06-17
my garden, zone 4b New Hampshire

Date: 2019-09-29

Date: 2017-07-14
Location: Near Napa Valley (Northern California)
Date: 2020-10-04
Photo by Trish
Location: Near Napa Valley (Northern California)
Date: 2022-06-11
Distant Drums

Date: 2019-09-17
Location: In my garden
Date: 2015-04-15
Location: Covington, Louisiana
Date: 2019-04-30
My first Distant Drums bloom

Date: 2019-06-12
Photo by jon
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Location: Hammond, Louisiana
Date: 2020-03-27
4 1/2 inch bloom 😊

Date: 2017-07-14

Date: 2020-05-13
Location: West Covina, CA

Date: 2019-09-02
Location: Telly's Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2010-05-28
Location: In my garden
Date: 2013-05-17
Photo by MargieNY

Date: 2018-06-01
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2017-05-23

Date: 2020-05-13
Photo by Calif_Sue
Photo by zuzu

Date: 2021-05-24
Location: Chamblee's Nursery in Tyler, TX
Date: 2012-04-25
Location: In my garden. Poland.
Location: in my garden
Date: 2017-06-19
Location: in my garden
Date: 2014-04-21
Location: Long Beach, CA
Date: 04/14/2017
Location: in my garden
Date: 2014-04-22
Location: My garden
Date: 2016-05-02

Date: 2013-07-23
Photo by Calif_Sue
Location: West Covina, CA

Date: 2015-05-22

Date: 2014-04-26
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Location: KALAMA WA
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Date: 2020-06-05
Location: Telly's Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2010-05-28

Date: 2019-06-10
Photo by dana
Location: My garden, new emerging foliage
Location: Long Beach, CA
Date: 04/16/2017
Location: New growth
Date: 2014-10-20
Location: In my garden
Date: 2014-11-24
Late Nov. bloom and dark buds
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2010-05-04
Location: Birmingham Botanical garden 
Date: 2015-10-23
Location: Chamblee's Nursery in Tyler, TX
Date: 2012-04-25
Photo by Calif_Sue

Regans Nursery
Photo by Calif_Sue
Photo by Calif_Sue
Location: West Covina, CA

Date: 2015-05-22
Photo by Calif_Sue

Date: 2013-07-23
Photo by Calif_Sue
Photo by kassiap
Location: Telly's Greenhouse, Troy, MI
Date: 2010-05-28
Location: In Zuzu's garden
Date: 2011-10-14
Photo by Cottage_Rose
Photo by MargieNY
Location: San Jose Heritage Rose Garden.
Date: April
photo by Stan Shebs
Location: Birmingham Botanical garden 
Date: 2015-10-23
Location: Chamblee's Nursery in Tyler, TX
Date: 2012-04-25
Location: Chamblee's Nursery in Tyler, TX
Date: 2012-04-25

Date: 2015-05-22

Date: 2014-04-26
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Date: 2014-04-26
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Date: 2015-05-22

Date: 2015-05-22

Date: 2015-05-22

Date: 2019-06-06
Photo by stephgem
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 2014-08-23
early morning light
Location: in my garden
Date: 2014-04-21
Location: San Jose Heritage Rose Garden.
Date: April
photo by Stan Shebs
Photo by zuzu
Photo by Skiekitty
Photo by kassiap
Photo by Skiekitty
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 2013-06-06
Dew-kissed flower bud
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Comments:
  • Posted by CindiKS (Wichita, Kansas - Zone 7a) on Feb 3, 2014 9:41 PM concerning plant:
    Distant Drums is a rose everyone should grow. The color is distinct from any other rose, and the scent is strong and a bit unusual, more like licorice.
    I grow this in zone 6/7, without winter protection, and my mother successfully grows it in zone 5 without protection or any spray regimen. For us, the shrub stays small, under 4'. It blooms until the end of season, sometimes into November.
  • Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Feb 6, 2014 1:52 PM concerning plant:
    Distant Drums is categorized as a mauve blend, but it resembles many of the russet roses in my garden. The brick-red buds open to reveal blooms with a copper center and lavender outer petals. These age to an enchanting combination of smoky mauve and beige.

    This is one of the roses Dr. Buck hybridized with an eye to color rather than disease resistance, and it is prone to black spot in my garden. It is one of the few Buck roses regularly available in grafted form, however, and my grafted Distant Drums is easily three times the size of my two own-root Distant Drums bushes. It has an anise scent, which may not appeal to everyone.
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 1:19 PM concerning plant:
    A very unusually colored rose, it stands out in my garden. Survives zone 5 winter with mulch protection. Got about 3' tall and bloomed generously 2nd year in the ground.
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