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Darlow's Enigma

Posted by zaphod42 SE WI 5b (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 13, 13 at 14:10

I'm a bit fixated on this rose. Bought two bands for my sister and have been taking care of them to plant next spring. I've decided that I must have one as well, but not sure I have the space. How big will it get in my zone? Estimates say 6-12' feet. Is that overall diameter? Kind of a wide swing there. Also, what's the shape? I'm looking at it as a possible big, drapey shrub that grows as a stand-alone. (As a last resort, I could cut a hole and plunk it down in the middle of the yard.) Thanks!

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RE: Darlow's Enigma

In my z4b area, it gets about 4-5' tall & about the same wide. Since you are a zone warmer than me, I'm guessing you should see 6-8' tall. It has very sharp, grabby thorns so not a people friendly rose to plant next to a walkway or patio.

RE: Darlow's Enigma

  • Posted by AquaEyes 7 New Brunswick, NJ (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 14, 13 at 9:25

How big it spreads will have to do with how much sun it gets. In a "specimen shrub" full-sun spot, it will be more compact and self-supporting -- but still not a "small" plant. If it's planted in more shade, it will start growing like a climber, reaching taller and wider but not as dense in growth. This explains the wide difference in size estimates posted.



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