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'Kiftsgate' rose Description
'Filipes Kiftsgate' rose photo
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White, near white or white blend Species.
Registration name: Kiftsgate
Introduced in United Kingdom by Hilda Murrell / Edwin Murrell Ltd. in 1954 as 'Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate''.
Rambler, Species / Wild.  
White, yellow stamens.  Moderate fragrance.  5 petals.  Average diameter 1.25".  Small, single (4-8 petals), cluster-flowered bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  
Height of 25' to 40' (760 to 1220 cm).  Width of up to 88' 7" (up to 2700 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Very vigorous.  produces decorative hips.  
See References. The parentage of this rose is uncertain, whether a sport or selection of Rosa filipes.
Be sure to read the history and description of Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate' at the website of the Kiftsgate Court Garden in Gloucestershire, UK, where this remarkable species reaches 24 meters x 27 meters x 15 meters high on a copper beech. Sold to the owners as Rosa moschata in 1938, Kiftsgate grew to enormous proportions before Graham Stuart Thomas correctly identified it in 1951.
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