Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Kordes, Germany 1958
‘Robinhood’ x ‘Virgo’
‘Iceberg’ KORbin
syns. ‘Fee des Neiges’, ‘Schneewittchen’
White, Floribunda, 20-25 petals, 1958; Climbing Version 1968

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I first saw 'Iceberg', a white modern, cluster-flowered rose (floribunda) in California about ten years ago.  I was amazed then at how popular 'Iceberg' roses was in Southern California at that time inspite of the rose being 40+ years already since it was first introduced by Reimer Kordes.  They were everywhere.  We saw a lot of them at private gardens and even at the wineries in Temecula. 

The flowers are semi-double and well formed, pure white with occasional pinkish tints in the bud state, especially in early spring and autumn when the nights are cold and damp.  The blooms are produced continuously in clusters of up to 15 per spray, long lasting, both on the bush or as a cut flower.  They have a moderate but not overpowering rose fragrance.  'Iceberg' can be used as a bedding plant for massed display which was very effective as we saw them in California.  'Iceberg' is almost entirely resistant to mildew and suffers only mildly from blackspot.  All in all, Iceberg is still the best and most popular white floribunda today.  

‘Climbing Iceberg’ (syn. ‘Climbing Fee des Neiges’), which is never without bloom, is a disease-resistant, healthy, robust plant.  It is not too rampant and can be used to cover small fences or garden structures and even entwine around veranda posts.  

National Rose Society Gold Medal 1958
Baden-Baden Gold Medal 1958
World’s Favorite Rose 1983
Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit 1993.

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