‘American Pillar’ Hybrid Wichurana/Rambler Rose

American Pillar 1The honor of the last post for January’s Celebration of Roses goes to this distinguished beauty, ‘American Pillar’, a Hybrid Wichurana/Rambler which has graced many a garden for generations.

American Pillar Elizabeth Park Rose GardenLike ‘Madame Hardy’, ‘American Pillar’ was a cultivar that sparked more than just a casual interest in roses for me so many years ago. If you ever see one in person, scrambling up a tree and festooned with vibrant pink blossoms, you might just fall in love with her, too.

American Pillar 2 American Pillar 3In fact, I knew that when I finally got my paws on one of these, that would be just what I’d do: plant her so she could climb and at heights reaching upwards of 25′, it would have to be a sizable tree. It took a season or two for our ‘American Pillar’ to get established but in just one summer, she threw two long canes climbing straight to the canopy of a mature Crabapple. We’re guessing each cane was about 20′ in length. That’s a lot of growth for one short season! You can get a general idea of this from the two photos above, but manalive it was so much more awesome looking when you’re standing right there looking at it. Roses in trees! So cool.

American Pillar Elizabeth Park Rose Garden 2

American Pillar 4I’ve read that ‘American Pillar’ can get mildewy, but honestly I didn’t see too much of a problem. Maybe someone has a different experience with this? No fragrance to speak of, but those bright pink petals with striking white centers more than made up for that. Plus, the blossoms turned into hips which have retained well into winter. This is one I’m sad to be leaving behind and I hope future tenants appreciate it and don’t try to cut it down (you never know how people will react to things like this.) I do have a rooted cutting to take with me to future home, though, and I plan on doing this again since it worked out so well!

American Pillar Elizabeth Park Rose Garden 3

American Pillar 5So that’s a wrap for this month’s rose celebration and I hope you enjoyed it and that it brightened this bleak month a bit for you. This is a blog mainly about roses, so you know there will always be more to come, but I have a bunch of new annuals to talk about–including Dahlia heaven–so there is fun stuff ahead for February!

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8 thoughts on “‘American Pillar’ Hybrid Wichurana/Rambler Rose

  1. This rose is just lovely! I’ll have to try to think of a spot for one in my yard. Thanks for sharing all of your lovely photos and tips on growing roses. It has been a joy to see them all this cold and snowy January.

  2. I think that along with M Hardy I had my dad get rid of mine… although I remember is smelling wonderful. It was blocking a passage way and attacking everyone near by. regrets! I have an Austin in its place now.

  3. I can’t believe it’s over so fast! Haha. I’m always dragging my feet, aren’t I (though I won’t be sad to say goodbye to winter)? You make me want to try growing one up one of the big trees in our backyard. Hahaha I’m always full of dreams like that.

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