Skip to main content - Skip to contact information

Plant Pick:

Kiftsgate rose or  Rosa Amaglia

Latin name:Rosa filipes “Kiftsgate” or “Amaglia

Note: Rosa ‘Amaglia’ is similar to R. ‘Kiftsgate’ with single creamy white slightly fragrant flowers but much slower growing

by Vancouver Island Master Gardener Association

Rosaamaglia1 Rosaamaglia2

Photos: Rosa filipes "Amaglia"

Photo courtesy of:  Kay Howard

Form:

Shrub (vigorous climbing, deciduous shrub)

Foliage:

Form:                                     pinnate, 8–14cm long, with 5-7 leaflets

Arrangement:                      alternate

Texture, Venation              Heavily veined, leathery, pinnate venation

Compound leaf:                  Odd, pinnate

Height/Width:

Robust, vigorous, rampant, fragrant, rambler best suited to climbing into trees, covering buildings or a very large pergola or walls. Large thorns

Height:                                  8 to 12+ meters

Width:                                   4 to 8 meters

Hardiness Zone:

Zone 5A (-20 to -15 C)

Exposure:

Full sun, partial shade

Flower colour:

It bears massive heads of small, creamy  cup shaped white flowers  2 to 2.5 cm. in diameter with a strong, musky fragrance. They are held in beautiful, flat-topped, cascading clusters – known as corymbs – with each flower facing outwards and up to 100 flowers in the corymb.Masses of small, oval shaped, coral-red hips follow the flowers. These are 8 to 15 mm in diameter.

Leaf colour:

  Light green

Flower time:

June to August

Preferred soil

& watering:

Sand, clay, chalk, loam but prefers fertile humus-rich soil

pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Other:

Pruning Requirements:

Prune in the autumn after the flowers start to fade. First remove dead, diseased or dying branches.

Tie in any new shoots and remove any really old branches if the plant is heavily congested - this will stimulate new growth.

Prune side branches growing from the main framework, cutting them back to leave two to three leaf buds.

 

Landscape Uses:       

It is occasionally grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, valued for its fragrance and unusually large clusters of flowers compared to other roses, sometimes also for its size, and its ability to climb into trees. For those that have the room for it to reach its full potential, this is a superb variety.

Pest Susceptibility:  May be subject to black spot, rose rust, powdery mildews and downy mildew

 

return to Plant Picks mainpage