'American Pillar' rose Description
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Pink blend Hybrid Wichurana.
Registration name: 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 of 11½' to 23' (350 to 700 cm). Width of up to 10' (up to 305 cm).
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.
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.