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The White Rose of York is a large rose with elegant white flowers in the late spring and early summer. It is prone to sprawling and can be tied to posts or trellises to help keep it in check. This rose's beautiful white flowers are followed by rose hips which take on a gorgeous color in the fall.

Latin Name

Rosa x alba 'Semi-Plena'



Type of Plant

Roses Roses

Bloom Season

May - June


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 9'
Max spread Max Spread: 5'

Sunlight Exposure

Full Sun Full Sun


Native Range



The White Rose of York is the symbol of the House of York, who famously fought in the War of the Roses. This rose has been known in cultivation since the 1600s.

Other Details

Pollinator Pollinator

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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