Hybrid Wichurana (HWich)
Hybrid Wichurana roses are a unique category of roses that were first created in the late 19th century by crossing Rosa wichuraiana, a species of climbing rose native to East Asia, with other rose varieties. This cross-breeding resulted in a new class of roses that are known for their vigorous growth and hardiness.
Hybrid Wichurana roses are typically climbers or ramblers, and can grow to great heights. They produce clusters of small, delicate blooms in shades of white, pink, and yellow, and are often used to cover walls, fences, and trellises. They are also valued for their disease-resistant foliage, which is typically small and glossy.
Notable Hybrid Wichurana roses include ‘New Dawn’, which was first introduced in 1930 by American breeder Dr. Griffith Buck. ‘New Dawn’ is a popular climbing rose with fragrant, pink blooms that can grow up to 20 feet tall. Another popular variety is ‘Sea Foam’, which was introduced in 1964 by American breeder Dr. Walter Lammerts. ‘Sea Foam’ is known for its clusters of small, white, semi-double flowers and its hardiness in adverse conditions.
Hybrid Wichurana roses have had a significant impact on the world of roses, both as ornamental plants and as breeding stock for new varieties. Their hardiness and disease resistance make them a popular choice for gardeners looking for low-maintenance climbing roses, and their delicate blooms add beauty and elegance to any garden setting.