Roses forum: Fragrant pink rose

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Name: David
Midwest (Zone 6b)
Davidco53
May 1, 2016 6:58 AM CST
Trying to identify this. The plant was purchased from a garden center in early 80s.
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Name: Cindi
Wichita, Kansas (Zone 7a)
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CindiKS
May 1, 2016 11:27 AM CST
Welcome to the forum, David! THat's a lovely rose, even without a name.
To narrow down the search, here's a few questions for you...
Where is the rose growing? If you are way north, that would narrow down the possibilities considerably!
How much does it die back in the winter?
How often does it bloom?
I know it's kind of a subjective question, but how strong is the scent, and can you describe it?
A photo of the thorns would help too.
We have a really good plant database here that will help more than anything.
Others will pop in, and they'll be more helpful than I am.
I'm all ears! Lovey dubby
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Name: Sharlene
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sunnyvalley
May 1, 2016 12:09 PM CST
Welcome! David

From your picture it looks quite tall?
Cindi is right - a bit more info and a few more pictures would help. A series maybe showing the entire plant and then close-ups of the buds, blooms, foliage, stems and thorns.

And as Cindi mentioned, even as a NOID, it is still very pretty!
Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
May 1, 2016 12:18 PM CST
Queen Elizabeth?
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Name: Zuzu
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May 1, 2016 3:09 PM CST

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Welcome, David. Pink roses were quite popular in the early 1980s, so there are many possibilities.

What's the size of the bloom? One of the most popular roses in those years was First Prize, which has exceptionally large blooms, up to 6 inches across.

Rose (Rosa 'First Prize')

How tall is the rose bush? First Prize can be quite tall in the warmer zones (up to 6 feet tall) and there's also a climbing variety of First Prize.

Queen Elizabeth, the rose Cindi named, is also quite tall and also comes in a climbing variety.

Rose (Rosa 'Queen Elizabeth')
clifton, n.j. (Zone 7a)
applevalle
Jun 9, 2016 6:05 AM CST
Hi David, If it's really ( I mean REALLY) fragrant then it's probably the Zepherine Drouin rose. I have one that looks just like the pic. you posted & if I have the windows open it perfumes about half the inside of the houseā€¦.. from outside! Thumbs up
Name: Aileen
Toronto, ON (Zone 6b)
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ailizou
Jun 16, 2016 2:29 PM CST
I saw thorns on the stem. So it may not be Zepherine Drouin.
Name: David
Midwest (Zone 6b)
Davidco53
Jan 27, 2018 6:21 PM CST
I'm in southwest Indiana. It grows about 8 feet tall. Blooms several times a year beginning in May and is quite fragrant but not overpowering and looks completely dead in winter. I have rarely pruned it except to cut the blooms which may be why it has such long stems.
Name: Steve
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Steve812
Jan 29, 2018 10:23 AM CST
Short answer, I think QE is the best guess.

I cannot categorically rule out ZD, but the foliage of Zephyrine Drouhin looks a little different - perhaps a little more elongated and not so shiny. And new growth on my plant is flushed with purple shading, sometimes. I think the petals of the flower reflex a little more than the one shown above. The shading of this rose has a little more light pink or silver than ZD.

I've never grown Queen Elizabeth, but the color of this rose seems completely consistent with all the photos I've seen. And the rose's stature is consistent.

Each of the remaining is less likely; and there are hundred of other pink HT roses it could be. Jadis and First Prize seem possible.

Because HMF does not have a way to eliminate from consideration roses that were never offered at a big box store or a garden center in Indiana, I was unable to completely rule out Bride's Dream, Eiffel Tower, Aloha, Fragrant Memory, Lady Vera, Royal Highness, Grace de Monaco, Princess Margaret of England Climbing, Climbing Mme Caroline Testout, George Arends, Conrad F. Meyer, Madame Wagram Contess of Turenne or a huge number of roses far more obscure than these.
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