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Disease Resistant Climbing Roses

By Beth Anderle ; Updated September 21, 2017
Climbing roses
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Climbing roses are sometimes more susceptible to diseases than shrub roses. Nowadays, however, a number of cultivars are being bred to be both disease resistant and hardy, making an already versatile rose even easier to grow. These beautiful roses require less fussing and make it reasonably simple to have a lovely rose garden in almost any size space. You should remember, however, that no rose is completely disease-proof. If the disease resistant variety does become infected, the course of the disease tends not to be as extensive, saving your rose from significant damage.

William Baffin

This is one of the easiest climbers to grow, since it is resistant to black spot and powdery mildew, and exceptionally hardy. Its dark pink flowers bloom repeatedly through the summer with a subtle fragrance. With the proper support, this rose can climb to 10 feet tall and is hardy to Zone 2.

Louis Jolliet

The Louis Jolliet rose is a medium pink rose that is extremely hardy and tolerates cold winters. Resistant to powdery mildew and black spot, it is a repeat bloomer that produces clusters of fragrant blossoms continually throughout the growing season. Reaching between 5 and 7 feet, this rose loves full sun and is hardy to Zone 3.

John Cabot

With its large, bright red blooms, the fragrant John Cabot is one of the first disease-resistant climbing rose cultivars bred in Canada. It is very resistant to black spot and powdery mildew and grows about 6 feet tall. This rose blooms in profusion in the early summer and may occasionally repeat in the late summer and early fall. In colder climates you may need to prune more heavily in the spring, but the rose is hardy to Zone 3.


Iceberg is a highly disease-resistant small climbing rose. It has clusters of cream-colored, elongated buds that open to white blooms with prominent yellow stamen. Its size makes it versatile, and you can grow this rose in either large or small spaces, making it the perfect rose for container gardening. Hardy to Zone 4, this rose has a sweet scent and blooms repeatedly throughout the growing season until the first frost.


About the Author


A former Army officer, Beth Anderle has been writing professionally for many years and is an experienced freelance reporter. Anderle graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and completed a Master of Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her areas of interest including gardening, genealogy, herbs, literature, travel and spirituality.