'Nearly Black' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Greg Humphrey
Dark red. Strong, musk fragrance. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Height of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, susceptible to Mildew. Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.
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A correspondent writes: the fragrance of this rose is stronge musk, blooms are so dark on the underside that they appear to be black, spraying is a must for mildew.
Someone else writes: 'Nearly Black' is a slow-growing bush. Petals of the flower are thick and meaty with a velvety texture.
Melanie from Virginia (USDA Zone 7) writes: This rose is for all intense and purposes blackspot free. Mine is a very strong grower. The blooms are very long-lived. The bush tends to grow taller than wider. Mine reaches 7+ feet. I have never seen mildew on it; however, our area is not mildew prone. BTW, I got mine several years ago from [the now defunct] Michigan Bulb Company.
... which may no longer be defunct because Rick and Mary Ellen Story have spotted this rose in their catalog.