Plant of the Week

Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ is a very vigorous, thorny, climbing, rose which is sometimes claimed to be the largest growing rose in Britain reaching up to nine metres tall with a spread of at least eight metres. It produces white flowers in clusters of up to 100 flowers, often followed after pollination by red berries that last well in to the winter. It prefers a sunny position and something like a tree to scramble up.  Although it can be trained as a wall climber, it is very labour intensive to train properly.

Native to China, the species was introduced into Britain in 1938.  This variety was named after the garden in which it was found, Kiftsgate Court in the Cotswolds, where it still grows.  In University Parks you can find it in Cox’s Corner and North Walk.

Rosa kiftsgate
Rosa kiftsgate
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