Rosa 'Altissimo' planted at San Marcos Growers garden.
This climbing Floribunda was introduced by the French firm Delbard-Chabert in
1966 after receiving the Certificate of Merit from England's National Rose
Society in 1965. 'Altisimo' is one of the most stunning roses that we grow; a
real traffic stopper when the large flat single (sometimes semi-double) blood
red and well spaced clusters of flowers burst into bloom against the dark-green
shiny foliage. Although not particularly fragrant, the abundance of flowers and
its repeat blooming easily makes up for its lack of scent. Useful as an
espaliered climber, a pillar plant or free standing as a broad spreading shrub.
Disease resistant, 'Altissimo' grows rapidly with angular growth to 8 to 10 feet
tall by 5-6 feet wide and is hardy from USDA zones 5 through 9. In Santa Barbara
this rose typically begins blooming in late March and keeps on going through
fall. Parentage: 'Tenor' (Large-flowered Climber - 1963) x unknown seedling. Our
showy specimen of 'Altisimo' can be seen espaliered on the fence behind our main
office. It received the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in
1993. Hardy to zones 4-9. This listing for information only - we no longer grow this plant.