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'American Pillar' rose Description
'American Pillar' rose photo
Photo courtesy of madspinnner
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
38 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
ARS:
Pink blend Hybrid Wichurana.
Registration name: American Pillar
Origin:
Bred by Dr. Walter Van Fleet (United States, 1902).
Introduced in United States by Conard & Jones in 1908 as 'American Pillar'.
Introduced in United Kingdom by H. Cannell & Sons in 1909 as 'American Pillar'.
Introduced in Australia by Hazlewood Bros. Pty. Ltd. in before 1921 as 'American Pillar'.
Class:
Hybrid Wichurana, Rambler.  
Bloom:
Rose-pink, white center, yellow stamens.  Bright rose-pink with a white centre..  None to mild fragrance.  5 petals.  Average diameter 2.25".  Medium, single to semi-double, in large clusters, open bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  
Habit:
Climbing.  Glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 11½' to 23' (350 to 700 cm).  Width of up to 10' (up to 305 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 4b through 9b.  Very vigorous.  drought resistant.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  Prune after flowering is finished.  This rose blooms on old wood.  
Ploidy:
Triploid
Notes:
Arena Rose Co.'s Catalog 2000 says: Beloved throughout France and making a comeback here in the U.S., American Pillar explodes each spring with a profusion of carmine-pink single blooms in huge clusters. A brushing of white at the base of the petals offsets a large eye of golden stamens...
For clarification of parentage, see References. Recent references citiing 'Red Letter Day' as the pollen parent are probably mistaken. Red Letter Day was introduced in 1914, 16 years after Van Fleet bred this rose on a different continent.
 
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