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'Westerland' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 60-591
most recent 24 JAN 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 5 JAN 12 by Landperson
I can't figure out why this rose is a "Shrub" when both it's parents are "Floribundas" and in fact it is often a climbing rose at that. I have torn my hair out about this issue before and am no closer to understanding or acceptance than ever. (rant over).
Reply #1 of 6 posted 5 JAN 12 by Rupert, Kim L.
VERY simple...the person who registered the rose chose to classify it as a shrub. It is too large to be considered a traditional floribunda. It can be used as a shorter climber, but if it were classified as a climber, it would be avoided because, in comparison to other successful climbers, it doesn't climb. The shrub category is a catch-all for things which don't really fit elsewhere. Knowing this, if you were the introducer of the rose, wouldn't you have called it a shrub?
Reply #2 of 6 posted 5 JAN 12 by Landperson
Nope, sorry. Everything I think I know about roses I gleaned from the Vintage Gardens Book of Roses where this rose is categorized as a Climbing Floribunda, so it will forever remain that way in my tiny little mind....
Reply #3 of 6 posted 5 JAN 12 by Jay-Jay
In my garden this rose grows and behaves like a shub and is in no way the climber, as it was sold to me.
It will be replaced by a real climber and the Westerland gets a place in our garden where it can behave/grow as it wants: like an arching shrub, whatever official type it might be.
At Kordes und Söhne (the breeder of this rose) it's also sold as a shrub (Strauchrose).
Reply #4 of 6 posted 5 JAN 12 by Landperson
Okay, I am convinced.
Thanks Jay-Jay.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 5 JAN 12 by Jay-Jay
You're welcome Susan.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 24 JAN 12 by Jay-Jay
My Westerland at the new spot under a big oak, after pruning. A bit out of balance, because it was earlier attached to the fence.
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