Dortmund Climbing Rose Rosa 'Dortmund' (S)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rose 'Dortmund'


The Dortmund rose is a striking plant with a robust appearance. Its flowers are a vivid red with a white eye, a characteristic that makes them highly distinctive and attractive. Each bloom is large and boasts a ruffled look, with petals arranged in a somewhat loose fashion, adding to their charm. The flowers tend to cluster, creating a spectacular show of color when the plant is in full bloom. The foliage of the Dortmund rose is a deep green, providing a lush backdrop for the bright blooms. The leaves are typically glossy, which adds a sheen to the overall look of the plant and also helps to highlight the flowers. The plant is known for its vigorous growth and for being hardy, with the ability to thrive and produce a profusion of flowers over the course of its blooming season. In addition to its eye-catching flowers, this rose variety is also appreciated for its arching canes, which can create a somewhat cascading effect. This makes it a popular choice for growing on trellises, fences, or other structures where it can gracefully drape. Overall, the Dortmund rose is a beautiful and robust plant with showy, red blooms that can make a dramatic statement in any garden.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Dortmund Rose, Dortmund Climbing Rose, Dortmund Kletterrose.

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Dortmund'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Roses, including the Rosa 'Dortmund', are generally not considered toxic to humans. There are no significant toxic effects known from ingesting parts of the rose plant. However, it is worth noting that the thorns on rose plants can lead to physical injury if handled carelessly.

    • To pets

      Roses, such as the Rosa 'Dortmund', are typically safe and not poisonous to pets. They are not known to cause toxic reactions in pets if ingested. However, the thorns may cause physical injuries, such as scratches or punctures, to curious pets that may try to chew on the stems.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-7 feet (1.8-2.1 meters)

    • Spread

      3-4 feet (0.9-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances Landscape Beauty: The Dortmund rose adds vibrant red color and lush, green foliage to gardens and landscapes.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The bright flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Low Maintenance: As a hardy variety, it requires minimal upkeep once established, making it ideal for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Can Grow in Various Climates: The Dortmund rose is adaptable to a range of climate conditions, making it a versatile choice.
    • Resistant to Diseases: This cultivar is known for its resistance to common rose diseases like black spot and mildew.
    • Provides Privacy and Screening: When planted in groups or as a hedge, it can create a natural privacy screen.
    • Supports Biodiversity: By providing habitat and food for wildlife, it contributes to the diversity and health of garden ecosystems.

  • 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

    • Rosa 'Dortmund' can be utilized as a natural barrier or hedge due to its dense growth habit and prickly stems, effectively deterring unwanted foot traffic and animals.
    • The petals of the rose can be used to make environmentally friendly confetti, often used at weddings or celebrations, as they are biodegradable and come in vibrant colors.
    • Rosehips, the fruit of the rose plant, can be used to make herbal teas, syrups, or jams, contributing to their culinary versatility.
    • Rosa 'Dortmund' branches can be shaped into living arches or pergolas in gardens, offering a stunning floral display when in bloom.
    • The strong fragrance of the roses is sometimes captured and used in homemade potpourris, adding a natural, fresh scent to rooms.
    • Dried Rosa 'Dortmund' petals can also be incorporated into handcrafted paper, giving it a unique texture and appearance for artisanal stationery.
    • The dense and intricate structure of rose bushes offers habitats and protection to beneficial garden insects like ladybugs and bees.
    • Used in art, the rose's form and variety of colors can inspire botanical illustrations, paintings, and even serve as live models for photography projects.
    • As an educational tool, Rosa 'Dortmund' plants can help teach principles of horticulture, plant biology, and the importance of pollinators in garden settings.
    • The rose can play a part in cultural and historical studies, as roses have significant meanings in various traditions and can be used to explore symbolism across different societies.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The rose, including the 'Dortmund' variety, is recognized in Feng Shui for its ability to attract love and create a positive chi flow, enhancing relationship luck. It is best placed in the Southwest area of the garden or home.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: As a type of rose, 'Dortmund' roses are universally associated with deep love and affection. This stems from the age-old tradition of giving roses as a romantic gesture.
    • Beauty: The rose, with its intricate and elegant bloom, is often symbolic of beauty and perfection, which is reflected in the appealing form and color of the 'Dortmund' rose.
    • Honor and Devotion: Roses often signify honor and devotion in recognition of their usage in historical ceremonies and dedications.
    • Mystery: The rich, deep red color of many roses, including 'Dortmund', can symbolize mystery or the holding of secrets within its complex layers.
    • Balanace: The harmonious growth and formation of rose blooms are seen as a symbol of balance in life or art, symbolizing a coherent blend between beauty and strength.

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

    The Dortmund rose requires watering once a week with about 1 to 1.5 gallons of water, making sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged. During hot and dry periods, the frequency should be increased to twice a week. It's important to water the plant at the base to keep the foliage dry and prevent fungal diseases. Less water may be required during rainy seasons or if the plant is established in well-retaining soil. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering to avoid over-watering.

  • sunLight

    The Dortmund rose thrives best in full sunlight conditions, which means at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. A spot in the garden that receives morning sunlight and some afternoon shade is ideal to protect the blooms from intense heat. Avoid placing it in full shade as this will reduce flowering and can lead to poor plant health.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The ideal temperature range for the Dortmund rose is between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This rose can survive in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and can tolerate summer heat up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, prolonged exposure to temperatures outside this range can stress the plant, potentially affecting its growth and blooming capacity.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning the Dortmund rose is important to maintain plant health, encourage new growth, and improve air circulation. Prune in late winter or early spring by removing dead or diseased wood and thinning out crowded areas. Cut back the remaining canes by about one-third to one-half their length, always cutting just above an outward-facing bud. Deadheading spent flowers throughout the blooming season encourages repeat flowering.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for the climbing rose 'Dortmund' is well-draining, rich in organic matter, with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Amend heavy soils with compost or aged manure to improve drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Climbing roses like 'Dortmund' are typically planted outdoors and do not require repotting. Instead, they benefit from annual mulching and replenishment of nutrients in the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Climbing roses like 'Dortmund' are versatile and can tolerate a wide range of humidity levels outdoors, as long as there is good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, good air circulation, and consistent watering.

    • Outdoor

      Choose a sunny spot, ensure good soil drainage, and provide a structure to climb.

    • Hardiness zone

      'Dortmund' climbing rose is suited for USDA zones 5-9.

  • circleLife cycle

    The Dortmund Rose begins its life cycle as a seed, from which a seedling emerges when conditions are favorable—generally in spring. The seedling grows into a young plant, developing roots, shoots, and leaves as it matures. The juvenile plant eventually becomes an established rose bush, entering a phase of vegetative growth where it expands in size and strength. During the growing season, typically late spring through early fall, the bush produces flowering canes which bear the vibrant red, single to semi-double flowers characteristic of the 'Dortmund' variety. After pollination, the flowers may develop into hips (seed pods), which mature and eventually release seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. In the dormant season, usually winter, the rose bush's growth slows, conserving energy until the conditions are right to begin the next growing cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Rosa 'Dortmund', commonly known as the Dortmund rose, can be propagated successfully during late winter or early spring, before the plant breaks dormancy. The most popular method of propagation for this rose is through hardwood cuttings. This involves taking a cutting of about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) from a mature, healthy stem that has recently flowered. The bottom end of the cutting should be cut just below a bud, and the top just above one, leaving several buds on the stem. The cuttings are then inserted into a well-drained soil mix, with about half of their length above the surface. To encourage rooting, a rooting hormone can be applied to the cut end before planting, although this is not always necessary. The cuttings should be kept moist and in a sheltered location until they have rooted, after which they can be transplanted to their permanent location.