Climbing Bourbon (Cl B)
Climbing Bourbon roses are a subcategory of Bourbon roses and are known for their climbing and vigorous growth habit. They have long canes that can grow up to 12 feet or more, making them ideal for trellises, walls, and other garden structures. The flowers of climbing Bourbon roses are similar to those of their shrub counterparts, with large, fragrant blooms that come in shades of pink, red, and white.
Some popular varieties of climbing Bourbon roses include ‘Zephirine Drouhin’, which has deep pink, double blooms and is thornless, ‘Climbing Souvenir de la Malmaison’, which has large, cupped pink flowers, and ‘James Galway’, which has pale pink, rosette-shaped blooms.
The breeding of climbing Bourbon roses can be traced back to French rose breeder Jean-Baptiste André Guillot, who introduced the first Bourbon rose in 1817. Since then, many breeders, including Louis Noisette and François Lacharme, have continued to develop and improve these beautiful climbing roses.