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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    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


    Bloom Season

    May - June




    Max Height: 9'
    Max Spread: 5'

    Sunlight Exposure

    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


    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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