Cecile Brunner Rose

Rosa 'Cecile Brunner'

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Cecile Brunner Rose (Rosa 'Cecile Brunner') at Millcreek Gardens

Cecile Brunner Rose flowers

Cecile Brunner Rose flowers

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Height:  18 feet

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Sweetheart Rose, Mignon Rose

Group/Class:  Climbing Polyantha Rose


A beloved oldtimer with large airy clusters of small pointed pastel buds and creamy pink double blooms; nearly thornless; mostly a spring bloomer on old wood, but will flower until early fall; stunning on a trellis or trained along a garden wall

Ornamental Features

Cecile Brunner Rose features showy clusters of lightly-scented pink flowers along the branches from mid spring to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage which emerges red in spring. The glossy oval compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Cecile Brunner Rose is a multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance woody vine that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cecile Brunner Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Cecile Brunner Rose will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing rose, it can be leggy near the base and may be concealed by underplanting with lower-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This woody vine does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features