How to Identify Climbing Roses

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The climbing rose is a plant that contains canes that grow upward on the trellis, gazebo or other garden element that it rests on. Although these flowers share the same growth habit, the blossoms differ in appearance, making it difficult to pinpoint a particular variety. Fortunately, you have the option to use the distinct characteristics of the plant to help you. Identify the climbing roses that you come across so you have the option to add them to your home as a vibrant privacy barrier or striking garden element.

Count the number of petals (if possible) found on your climbing rose. Some blossoms, such as the climbing prairie rose, have five petals, while others, such as the Abraham Darby, can contain as many as 60.

Smell the blooms on the vine to help pinpoint your rose variety. For instance, the berries 'n' cream rose emits a sweet, fruity aroma, but the Dortmund smells like apples.

Look at the colour of the blooms and note whether the petals display multiple shades. Climbing roses such as the Westerland, for example, show off orange, apricot and copper hues, eventually fading to pink. Additionally, note the shades of the foliage, taking care to watch if these colours change during different seasons.

Note the months that the flowers grow on the climbing vines. Some varieties blossom year-round, while other climbing roses appear during just the summer months.

Measure the height that your plant climbs. Medium vines such as the carefree beauty can grow up to 6 feet high, but others may exceed 15 feet in height.

Launch the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) "Advanced Search" page and click the "Rosaceae" option next to the "Family" title (see Resources). Click the "Climbing" entry in the "Shape and Orientation" section and continue to enter the rest of your findings using the provided menus. Click the "Display Results" button at the bottom of the page to bring up a list of possible matches.

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