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Botanical Name: Rosa 'The Pilgrim'

Common Name: The Pilgrim Rose

Cultivar: The Pilgrim

Other Names: English Rose, Pilgrim Rose

Plant Type: Shrub

A captivating variety producing fully double yellow blooms that light up the garden, with a rich fragrance, outer petals mature to a soft white, needs full sun and well-drained soil, good disease resistance

Plant Categories: Shrub, Hedge Shrub, Rose, Deciduous Shrub

Landscape Application: Massing, Screening, Garden

Water Requirements
Average To Moist

Sunlight Requirements
Full Sun

Plant Height
5 Feet

Plant Width/Spread
5 Feet



Growth & Care

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone5b
Recommended Pruning MethodLate Winter Pruning

Size & Shape

Growth RateFast
Plant FormUpright Spreading

Additional Categories

Additional CategoryRose


Foliage TypeDeciduous
Foliage ShapeOval


Flower ColorYellow
Flower PeriodFrom Early Summer To Early Fall
Flower FragranceHigh
Suitable for Cut Flower ArrangementsYes

Landscape Attributes

The Pilgrim Rose is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration,

Disease, Spiny

The Pilgrim Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications,

Mass Planting, Hedges/Screening, General Garden Use

Ornamental Features

The Pilgrim Rose features showy fragrant yellow flowers at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The glossy oval compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Planting & Growing

The Pilgrim Rose will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Negatives: Disease, Spiny