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'Alchymist', bred by Kordes, Germany, 1956. 'Golden Glow' X R. eglanteria seedling

Alchymist is one of few of the "middle period" roses to have survived the test of time. Bred by the famous Kordes family, this has become a fairly well-known climbing rose which can also be grown as a free-standing shrub of great character. I have seen plants of Alchymist grown as a specimen in a lawn, allowed to take on its own natural arching form, and it was beautiful! If you have the space for a large shrub of this nature, you may want to try this.

'Alchymist' detailThe large blooms are produced in clusters of a few flowers, and they are very well scented. The color varies, but is most often a soft buff-orange hue, with yellow, cream, pink and near white mixed in. It is a very beautiful color, not unlike 'Gloire de Dijon' in that way, but a deeper shade.

Depending on your climate, Blackspot can affect this rose, so you may need to consider spraying to control this. Otherwise, it is a vigorous, healthy rose. Sadly, it is a once-bloomer, which deters some people from growing it.....a shame since it is such a beautiful shrub.

ARS merit rating: 8.0
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 12 feet tall X 8 feet wide, depending on climate
Fragrance: 3.5, strong scent.

Alberic Barbier Erinnerung an Brod
Alchymist Guinée
Annie Laurie McDowell Gloire de Dijon
Awakening Jeanne LaJoie
Bleu Magenta New Dawn
Climbing Cécile Brünner Pink Powderpuff
Complicata Renae
Constance Spry Renae sibling
Crested Sweetheart Russelliana
Darlow's Enigma Sombreuil
Dorothy Perkins The Impressionist
Dortmund William Baffin

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