Roses forum: Do You Recognize This White Rose Shrub/Climber?

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Northwest Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Jun 15, 2017 9:30 PM CST
Hi all,

I want to help a friend identify the beautiful roses she's inherited at her home. This one is a lovely white. Some blooms have random blotches of pink, which is visible in the doublet photo. I tried searching the rose database here at, but had trouble matching it exactly. Does anyone recognize it?

Here is what I could gather.

-6 feet high at highest point
-Growing in zone 6b
-Repeat bloomer
-Blooms in clusters
-Very mild fragrance
-Bloom diameter-- 2.5 inches
-Petal count--53 (this might be a bit off)

To my inexpert eyes, the blooms look cup-shaped and the buds pointed.

The only tagged rose in the garden is a David Austen Wedgewood, so this one might a DA, too.

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Jun 26, 2017 2:19 PM CST
Looks like it could be Winchester Cathedral, one of only a couple of David Austin white roses with mild fragrance (most are described as strong).

Rose (Rosa 'Winchester Cathedral')
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Jun 27, 2017 8:51 AM CST


Looks like it's a climber so too large for Winchester Cathedral.
My first thought, with those flat blooms was Rose (Rosa 'Sombreuil')
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Northwest Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Jun 27, 2017 7:15 PM CST
Sombreuil looks like a good match! Thank you so much, Sue.

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