Climbing 'New Dawn' Rose

'New Dawn' rose is a pale pink sport of the rambling rose 'Dr. W. Van Fleet'. The New Dawn climbing rose bush enjoys the distinction of having been awarded the first U.S. plant patent.

New Dawn rose specimen shrub.

The New Dawn climbing rose bush, also called 'Everblooming Dr. W. Van Fleet', was introduced in 1930. It is a less rampant grower than its predecessor and it is considered to be an improvement upon Van Fleet because it is remontant.

The light pink double blooms arrive in clusters which cover the statuesque plants all summer long. Each flower is 2-3 inches across and smell faintly of apples. The blush pink roses fade to white with age. The small, shiny olive green leaves set the blooms off to perfection.

The flowers and buds of 'New Dawn'.

The canes of New Dawn roses will stretch 10-15 feet. You can train this versatile rose to grow up through a tree. It looks wonderful adorning a fence and can even be pruned into a large specimen shrub rose.

Give it sufficient space when training it as a specimen. It will spread into a large, arching attention getter.

This Modern Climber can even be planted on 6 foot centers and used as a tall flowering hedge.

Climbing New Dawn rose is shade tolerant and shows good resistance to the major rose diseases and rose pests.

A mature plant will produce hundreds of roses. You can cut armloads for arrangements without making a dent in your outdoor display.

Caring for New Dawn climbing roses is easy. The lax but thorny stems are easily trained. It blooms on old wood so do any pruning after it flowers. The less you prune it the larger and more floriferous it will become. Just cut out any dead wood after the last winter frost.

This rose is just about bullet proof and will bloom with as little as 4 hours of sun per day. Of course, if you provide it with more sun it will reward you with more flowers.

Recommended for zones 5a-9b.

Rose - Cape Diamond - Climbing
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

'The Cape Diamond' is similar to 'New Dawn' in that it is a nearly disease free rose.

Its flowers are a more intense pink and more spicily fragrant.

The foliage has a beautiful silvery sheen which contrasts nicely with the pink blooms.

'New Dawn' Rose Stats & Facts


  • 'Everblooming Dr. W. Van Fleet'
  • 'The New Dawn'


  • Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit 1993
  • World Federation of Rose Societies World's Favorite Rose 1997

Fun Facts: 'New Dawn' was discovered in 1930 at Somerset Rose Nursery in Connecticut.

Climbing sports are almost never patented but, not only was this sport patented, it was the first rose to ever be patented!

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