Berries & Cream Climbing Rose


The climbing rose cultivar Poulclimb is known by the trademark name Berries 'N' Cream in the United States. It was selected by Danish rose breeders in the 1990s for its vigorous growth, abundant foliage and unique deep pink and white striped flowers. It grows to a height of roughly 10 feet, with an equal spread if canes are not trained upright.


This rose originated as a chance seedling based on the Floribunda-type rose cultivar Poulvita in the mid-1990s. It was selected by Pernille and Mogens Oleson of the company Poulsen Roser of Fredensborg, Denmark.


This new climbing rose was registered in 1998 with the cultivar name 'Poulclimb'. In Europe, it was assigned the trademark name of the Concert rose, part of Poulsen Roser's Courtyard Rose product collection. In the United States, 'Poulclimb' was given the trademark name of Berries 'N' Cream.

Growth Description

The Berries 'N' Cream rose has a spreading, climbing habit with long canes that reach 10 to 12 feet in length. The canes have diminished numbers of prickly thorns. The abundant foliage is glossy deep green, each leaf comprised of three to seven oval-shaped leaflets. It is regarded as a vigorous growing plant, with canes of a heavy caliper.


Blooming in repeated flushes across the warmth of the growing season, Berries 'N' Cream forms clusters of five or more flowers at tips of stems. The blossoms are bi-colored deep fuchsia pink and white, in an irregularly striped pattern on the petals. The flower, when fully open, is about 3 inches in diameter and has 10 to 15 petals that creates a gently cupped, semi-double flower form. In cooler temperatures, the intensity of the pink tones on the petals is lighter. Generally, flowers last between three to five days before the petals cleanly and fully drop away.


This climbing rose is marketed as a rambling rose to clamber horizontally upon the top of a fence or as an upright shrub to train on a pole, trellis or arbor. Although not promoted as a fine cut flower because of the multiple clusters of flowers on stem tips, the blossoms can last up to four or five days in freshwater arrangements in the house.

Keywords: climbing rose, Rosa Poulclimb, bicolored rose

About this Author

James Burghardt has written for The Public Garden, Docent Educator, numerous non-profit newsletters and for's comprehensive plant database. He holds a Master's degree in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware and studied horticulture and biology in Australia at Murdoch University and the University of Melbourne's Burnley College.