Origin - Kordes, 1956
Parentage - 'Golden Glow' x Rosa rubiginosa hybrid
Color - Shades of orange, copper, yellow, apricot
Foliage - Dark green
Thorns - Strong
Size - 4' - 6' h. x 6' - 8' w. (shrub); 12-15 ft. (climbing)
Fragrance - Strong, fruity
Repeat bloom - No
Disease resistance - Fair
Hardiness - Zone 4
Although a modern rose, Alchymist is very reminiscent of an old rose with its intricate quartered blooms. The color is outstanding with pale yellow buds opening to brighter yellow blossoms tinged with orange, copper and apricot. Photos of Alchymist usually differ greatly. This is because its color will vary depending on climates. Blooms last a long time and are very fragrant. How sad it is that this rose only blooms once each year!
It can be grown as a climber, reaching 12-15 feet or left to sprawl as a shrub rose. If trained as a climber, it must be done when the canes are young as they become stiff and awkward with age. Unfortunately the dark green foliage (bronzy in the fall) is very prone to blackspot and thus must be monitored carefully. This rose is no longer in our garden but I'd love to grow it again, with more sun and attention.
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