The semi-double flowered Champlain rose is an extremely cold tolerant Canadian Explorer rose. Clusters of blood red roses grace the free blooming shrub from early summer until stopped by a hard frost.
Named for Samuel de Champlain, the French navigator who mapped much of North America and also discovered Lake Champlain, this Hybrid Kordesii was bred by Svedja and introduced in 1973. It is a Shrub rose which can be expected to grow to 3.5 or 4 feet high and wide in most climates.
The clusters of beautiful red roses produced by this shrub are mildly fragrant.
The Champlain rose is an easy-to-grow shrub. It is not bothered by frigid winters or hot, steamy summers. Its disease resistance, however, is variable.
In some climates and in some years it will enjoy perfect health. In others, it can be somewhat mildew prone.
Grow this Explorer rose from zone 3a (with snow cover)-9b.
Exposed canes of plants grown in the coldest end of this range will die back but the plant should grow back from the root (they are sold on their own roots and not grafted).
Also, cuttings of this rose root easily.
Cuthbert Grant Rose
Rich red Hybrid Tea roses adorn the Cuthbert Grant rose from earliest spring to frost. This Shrub rose is unique in that it blooms on new and old wood. Best of the cold hardy Explorer Series roses.
William Baffin Rose Bush
William Baffin rose bush. Climbing roses William Baffin. This heavy blooming, pink-flowered Canadian Explorer rose will grace gardens as far north as zone 3 with color from mid summer to frost.
Henry Kelsey Rose
The Henry Kelsey rose is a cold hardy climbing rose bearing slightly fragrant, semi double red flowers in recurring flushes from spring to frost. Henry Kelsey CL rose bush is hardy into zone 2.