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ROSA 'Caldwell Pink'

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James Burghardt

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

ROSA 'Caldwell Pink'

Plant Common Name

Caldwell Pink Rose, Polyantha Rosa

General Description

Polyantha roses are reblooming shrub roses with low to spreading habits. The cultivar 'Caldwell Pink' is named for Caldwell, Texas, where it was discovered by Dr. Bill Welch in the 1980s. From summer to early fall it produces large sprays of small, double (extra petals), lavender-pink flowers that have little to no fragrance. Its profuse blooms and graceful habit make up for the absence of fragrance. It is also notably heat and disease resistant.

The bushy, compact rose has slender green stems lined with sharp woody thorns. Its compound leaves are leathery and medium green. From late spring to frost, it offers an abundance of long-lasting, fully double flowers that come in flushes. During the hottest months of summer flowering may subside without extra care. Each carnation-like bloom has many elongated, clear lavender-pink petals. If left uncut, reddish hips follow the flowers.

Roses prefer full to partial sun, moderate temperatures and perfectly drained, slightly acid soil with average to good fertility. They grow best in places with slightly dry climates, because such climates disfavor the fungal diseases that plague them. For this reason, it is important to maintain good airflow within and between planted roses through good planting and pruning practices which will dissuade fungal attacks. Roses are rife with pest and disease problems. Fortunately, this is a disease resistant old cultivar.

Though a southern cultivar, 'Caldwell Pink' is frost hardy and should be provided with at least two months of winter chill. Plant it as a low growing hedge, in mixed borders, or allow it to cascade over a stone wall. Some believe that 'Caldwell Pink' may be a much older rose cultivar called 'Pet Pink', which was lost, but this is not definitive.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m (3)

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m (3)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Light Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No