Sweetheart Rose Rosa 'Climbing Cécile Brünner' (ClPoly)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
rose 'Climbing Cécile Brünner'


The Rosa 'Climbing Cécile Brünner', also referred to as the Climbing Pink Sweetheart Rose, is distinguished by its charming, small, and delicately formed flowers. These blooms are a soft, pastel pink which tends to be more pronounced at the center and fades toward the petal edges. The blooms have a classic, high-centered, and very full form, almost resembling miniature hybrid tea flowers. They are borne in clusters, creating a beautiful display of ruffled pink when in full bloom. The foliage of the Climbing Pink Sweetheart Rose is a glossy dark green, providing a perfect backdrop for the soft pink flowers. The leaves are typically pinnate with oval-shaped leaflets that have a slightly serrated margin. This foliage not only adds to the aesthetic beauty of the plant but also offers a healthy, robust appearance throughout the growing season. As a climber, this rose plant produces long, flexible canes that can be trained over arbors, trellises, fences, or walls, lending a vertical element to gardens and landscapes. These canes may bear numerous hooked thorns, which can be helpful for climbing but require care when handling the plant. The roses emit a pleasant, sweet fragrance that is not overpowering, making it a delightful addition near outdoor living areas or walkways where the scent can be appreciated. The aromatic nature of the Climbing Pink Sweetheart Rose blooms adds a sensory dimension to their visual appeal, making this plant a favorite among gardeners who value both beauty and fragrance.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Climbing Cécile Brünner, Sweetheart Rose, Mlle Cécile Brünner Climbing, Climbing Sweetheart Rose.

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Climbing Cécile Brünner', Rosa 'Climbing Cecile Brunner', Rosa 'Climbing Cecil Brunner', Rosa 'Mlle Cécile Brünner Climbing', Rosa 'Mlle Cecile Brunner Climbing'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Climbing Rose is not considered toxic to humans. These plants are commonly grown for their beauty and do not pose a risk of poisoning if touched or accidentally ingested in small quantities. No significant toxic effects are expected from the Climbing Rose.

    • To pets

      The Climbing Rose is generally considered non-toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. Accidental ingestion of rose petals or leaves by pets typically does not lead to serious poisoning. However, it's important to note that the thorns can cause physical injury, and in some cases, if large amounts of the plant are ingested, mild gastrointestinal upset may occur.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      10-20 feet (3-6 meters)

    • Spread

      6-10 feet (1.8-3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: The plant is known for its abundant, small, light pink flowers that provide a visually attractive display when in bloom.
    • Pleasant Fragrance: It emits a sweet, subtle scent that can enhance the sensory experience in a garden or landscape.
    • Climbing Habit: As a climbing rose, it can be trained over structures such as arbors, trellises, and fences, adding vertical interest and dimension to gardens.
    • Long Blooming Period: This rose variety has a long flowering season, often blooming repeatedly from spring to fall, offering sustained beauty over many months.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it exhibits some level of drought resistance, making it suitable for gardens in drier climates.
    • Cold Hardy: It can withstand cooler temperatures and is relatively hardy in colder climate zones.
    • Pollinator Friendly: The flowers attract beneficial pollinators like bees and butterflies, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Landscape Versatility: It can be used in various landscape designs, from formal to cottage gardens, demonstrating a wide range of use.
    • Low Maintenance: Known for being less demanding than some other rose cultivars, it requires minimal pruning and care once established.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Culinary Garnish: The sweetly scented blooms of the Climbing Pinkie rose can be used to decorate cakes and desserts, providing a touch of elegance and a subtle aroma.
    • Botanical Art: Artists may use the vibrant blossoms of the Climbing Pinkie as subjects in botanical illustrations, paintings, and sketches, capturing their delicate form and color.
    • Education: This rose variety can be used in horticultural classes to teach climbing plant training techniques, pruning, and care for climbing roses.
    • Perfumery: The unique fragrance of Climbing Pinkie roses can be captured and used as a base note in creating bespoke perfumes and scents.
    • Crafts: Petals of the Climbing Pinkie can be dried and incorporated into potpourris, floral sachets, or homemade paper for a natural and beautiful touch.
    • Beekeeping Attraction: When planted near beehives, Climbing Pinkie roses can attract bees, aiding in pollination and increasing honey production.
    • Wedding Decor: The roses' sprawling nature and clusters of small pink flowers make them ideal for adorning archways or creating natural backdrops at weddings.
    • Fabric Dyeing: Petals of the Climbing Pinkie can be used in the natural dyeing process to impart a soft pink hue to fabrics, offering an eco-friendly dye option.
    • Special Events: Climbing Pinkie roses can be shaped into floral installations for events, providing a living sculpture element that enhances the venue.
    • Photography: Due to their picturesque quality, Climbing Pinkie roses can serve as a favored subject or backdrop in garden and nature photography.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Climbing Rose is often used in Feng Shui for its ability to attract positive chi with its beauty and pleasant aroma, which can enhance a garden's energy. It can be placed in the Southwest area of the garden to foster romance and love or in any area that needs energizing.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Climbing Rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: As a member of the rose family, the Climbing Pink Rose often symbolizes love and romance, making it a popular choice for expressing affection.
    • Femininity: The delicate pink hue of this particular rose variety is commonly associated with softness, grace, and femininity.
    • Elegance: The Climbing Pink Rose, with its poised and refined blossoms, is often seen as a symbol of elegance and poise.
    • Beauty: Roses are universally considered a symbol of beauty, which is reflected in the captivating and charming Climbing Pink Rose.
    • Perfection: The intricate and flawless form of each Climbing Pink Rose bloom can represent the idea of perfection or an idealized state.
    • Enduring Passion: The vigorous nature and continuous blooming of the Climbing Pink Rose may represent long-lasting passion or enduring relationships.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Climbing Pinkie rose should be watered deeply once a week, providing about 1-2 gallons of water for each plant. During hot and dry spells, increase the frequency of watering to twice a week. When watering, aim for the base of the plant to minimize wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. It's important to ensure the soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogging. In the winter months, reduce watering since the plant will be dormant and require less moisture.

  • sunLight

    Climbing Pinkie roses thrive in full sunlight, which means they should receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. The ideal spot for this rose is an area with unfiltered, continuous sunlight, avoiding shady areas that could impede its growth and blooming ability. Morning sun is especially beneficial as it helps dry the dew on the leaves, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Climbing Pinkie roses prefer temperate conditions and do well in a wide range of temperatures, but their ideal growing temperature is between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While they can survive temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit, prolonged exposure to these extremes can stress the plant. It is vital to provide adequate protection from frost in areas where temperatures drop significantly below freezing.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Climbing Pinkie roses is essential to maintain their shape, remove dead or diseased wood, and encourage new growth and flowering. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring, just before new growth starts. Prune to shape the plant and to promote air circulation, which helps to reduce disease risk. Thin out overcrowded areas, and cut back old canes to encourage rejuvenation; pruning should be done annually.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the Climbing Cecile Brunner rose should be rich, well-draining, and loamy with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Amend with organic matter like compost and aged manure for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Climbing Cecile Brunner, being a climbing rose, is typically planted in the ground and does not require frequent repotting. If grown in containers, repot every 2-3 years to refresh the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Climbing Cecile Brunner roses prefer moderate ambient humidity levels, neither too dry nor too moist. Average outdoor humidity is suitable for this plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, ample water, and support for climbing.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sunny spot with well-draining soil and climbing support.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Sweetheart Rose, a variety of Rosa 'Climbing Cécile Brünner', begins its life as a dormant bare-root plant or from a potted nursery specimen. Once planted, it undergoes a growth stage where it develops a root system and foliage through the spring, fueled by water, soil nutrients and sunlight. Flowering occurs typically in late spring to early summer, showcasing small, pale-pink blooms in clusters, which will repeat bloom throughout the growing season. After pollination, the plant may produce hips (seed pods) if not deadheaded, leading to a stage of seed formation and potential dispersal. As autumn approaches, the plant enters a preparation for dormancy, whereby growth slows and the plant may shed leaves in colder climates. Over winter, the plant remains dormant, conserving energy until the return of favorable growing conditions in spring, when the cycle begins anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Rosa 'Climbing Cécile Brünner', also known as Climbing Pinkie, is commonly propagated by softwood cuttings, which is considered the most popular method for this variety. The best time to take cuttings is in late spring or early summer when new growth is mature enough but still flexible. To propagate by cuttings, a gardener would cut a 6 to 8 inch (15 to 20 centimeters) long stem with several leaves and at least two to three nodes. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end is dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root development. The cutting is then planted in a well-draining soil mix, and a clear plastic bag may be placed over the cutting to maintain humidity. Consistent moisture is critical, but the soil should not be waterlogged. Roots generally develop in several weeks, after which the new plant can be gradually acclimated to outside conditions and eventually transplanted to its final location in the garden.