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'American Pillar' rose Description
'American Pillar' rose photo
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Average rating: GOOD+.  
Pink blend Hybrid Wichurana.
Registration name: American Pillar
Bred by Dr. Walter Van Fleet (United States, 1902).
Introduced in United States by Conard & Jones Co. in 1908 as 'American Pillar'.
Introduced in United Kingdom by H. Cannell & Sons in 1909 as 'American Pillar'.
Introduced in Australia by H. Kemp in 1910 as 'American Pillar'.
Hybrid Wichurana, Rambler.  
Rose-pink, white center, yellow stamens.  None to mild fragrance.  5 petals.  Average diameter 2".  Medium, single to semi-double, in large clusters, open bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  
Climbing.  Glossy, dark green, leathery foliage.  

Height: 11½' to 23' (350 to 700cm).  Width: up to 10' (up to 305cm).
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.  
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
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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