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The New Dawn Rose was 'just' a sport of the Dr. Van fleet Rose (1910). So it basically has no immediate parents. It came from the Dreer/Somerset Rose Nursery in 1930. Which makes me realize just how many chances there are for finding a rose sport in a nursery compared to little old me finding one in my backyard.
However, a sport it was. New Dawn is a large-flowered Hybrid Wichurana Rambler, the roses which love to grow right to the top of a tree. But, being a sport, it is certainly not going to do that. If you're not too sure of just what a 'sport' is, just visit the Peace Rose page.
The new dawn rose is not as tall as its parent which grows from 10 to 25 feet, but is a little less ambitious, only growing to 10 or 15 feet. This is the rose every rose lover needs, whether it climbs up a trellis, or over a pergola in the garden. It's pale pink petals look stunning against the darker green of its glossy foliage.
On Closer Inspection. No Flaws.
It can even be grown as a shrub if you keep it cut back, or as a pillar rose and even as a standard or weeping rose tree. It didn't get a place in the Rose Hall of Fame 1997 for nothing. It is fragrant, healthy, vigorous, and highly disease resistant. Being a rambler, it has one massive flowering period and then settles down to bloom again on and off with less of a show during the summer months. Most ramblers only bloom once, but this one beats them all. This is the pink rose you see everywhere. And of course, with all its fame comes disease resistance. Absolutely one of the most disease resistant roses available.
Keep this rose in order by giving it a good spot with plenty of room, plenty of sun and a good amount of water. This rose is not delicate and it will give you years and years of delight. Planting one on either side of an archway looks magnificent. Of course, if you plant two climbers like this you are going to have to keep them pruned back, but believe me, it's worth it.
Roses have deep roots so it is a good idea to give them one long soaking every two weeks rather than a light watering using sprinklers and soaker hoses because the water may not penetrate deeply enough to reach all the roots. This also means that if you are going to grow roses in containers, make sure they are not the tallest roses.
New Dawn has give us 13 offspring, all of which are stunners. Their names are:
You will find more about where White Cockade came from on the Westerland Rose page. It shows you just how closely some famous roses are linked. White Cockade's parents were New Dawn and Circus.
From Van Fleet Rose Breeders:
"One of the most significant of the Climbing roses, ‘Dr W. Van Fleet’ was raised purposely from a cross of a Hybrid Tea with a first-generation hybrid of a wild climber and a Tea rose; it has the large flowers that are associated with Hybrid Teas. ‘New Dawn’, a repeat-flowering sport of ‘Dr W. Van Fleet’ that appeared in 1930, is still one of the most popular Climbing roses both in North America and in Europe; when crossed with Hybrid Teas, it became the ancestor of many modern repeat-flowering climbers, much hardier than the old climbing Teas." Incredible information about New Dawn's ancestry.
New Dawn itself has one sport: the gorgeous pink 'Awakening' 1935. This rose is especially beautiful and popular.
'Awakening' is the only Sport of New Dawn.