William Baffin Climbing Rose (Rosa ‘William Baffin’)

William Baffin Climbing Rose

Hot pink vertical color! The William Baffin Rose (Rosa ‘William Baffin’) is a hardy and vigorous Climbing Rose! Your William Baffin will explode with hot-pink brilliance in June. The semi-double blooms burst forth on the scene in huge clusters (of up to 30 blossoms each), that blanket the vine with unprecedented color and form! A single stem is an entire bouquet!

The flowers continue to bloom, over and over again right into fall, so you’re assured of a long season of exceptional color! Your William Baffin Climbing Rose not only excels in appearance but also in fragrance, emitting a soft, gentle scent that calls you in for a closer look. The lush green foliage is the perfect backdrop and looks great all growing season long!

What’s more, William Baffin forms orange-red Rosehips that are small but a welcome sight in the autumn and persist for winter interest! Use these in your dried and winter décor, or leave outside for color and birds!

It’s fast-growing, vigorous, and disease resistant. The canes are quite strong, so can be left to their natural climbing nature, or pruned to create a colorful rambling and mounding shrub. William Baffin is cold-hardy as well, throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9. Reaching upwards of 10 feet, this robust repeat bloomer will add a vertical beacon to your landscape!

Planting and Application:

Plant one of these brilliant beauties on the arbor in your garden, the trellis by your front door, or perhaps train one into a decorative shrub for your front lawn. The strong canes can almost support themselves and grow into a columnar form without support! No matter where you use it, William Baffin is a reliable source of color for your yard. Train over a garden bench, or shade a bistro set. Even balcony gardeners can enjoy a flowering screen planted in large pots and containers in the sun!

The canes of William Baffin are also fantastic when allowed to spill and ramble! Becoming a shrubby, cascading, and mounding bush or groundcover when not trained onto a trellis. Let spill over a retaining wall, mound up over itself as a barrier planting, or just ramble through the Rose garden, filling it in vibrant color, butterflies, and bouquet-ready blooms! Use Climbing Roses horizontally as a pretty living mulch, en masse plantings to fill wide swaths of sunny ground, or on hard-to-mow hillsides and embankments to slow soil erosion.

  • Brilliant Pink Blooms & Yellow Centers
  • Spring to Fall Roses
  • Fragrant, Great Cut Flowers
  • Fast Growing & Vigorous Strong Canes
  • Can Be A Rambling Mounding Shrub & Groundcover
  • Vertical Hot Color, Specimens, Shade, Containers & Slopes

Tips for Care

Roses do their very best in full sun and William Baffin is no different. For the healthiest and strongest canes, provide at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, favoring the morning sun. Plant in enriched, highly organic, and fertile soil that is well-drained and well-mulched to hold in moisture. Water regularly, especially throughout the hot summer months and plant in a location with good air circulation. Repeat flowering throughout the summer, these hardy Roses need a regular schedule of quality Rose fertilizers.

How to Train Climbing Roses

Pruning should not be done during the first two years, since Climbing Roses need time to build flowering Rose canes.

  1. Select several canes to become the structural foundation of your beautiful Climbing Rose. The structural canes will grow thick for several years before you replace them.
  2. Horizontal branches produce the most flowers, so tie the secondary canes at 90 to 45-degree angles. Use stretchy landscape ties or old pantyhose to loop around the cane and your support.
  3. Prune Roses in early spring to remove any dead or damaged branches.
  4. William Baffin blooms on last year’s wood. Remove oldest canes after June bloom to maintain vigor. Cut your secondary canes down to 6 – 8 inches above a bud, but keep your structural support canes in place. Most pruning should be performed after the first flush of flowers has finished. New flowers will form on the newest canes developing from the roots.
  5. Rejuvenate the structural canes every three to five years
  6. Trim the thick old structural canes out at ground level at that time. Then, select a new set of canes to become your structural support.
  • Full Sun For The Most Blooms
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Appreciates Mulched Garden Beds
  • Cold Tolerant & Good Disease Resistance

It can be difficult to find a Climbing Rose that will perform consistently, with strong color and form, and also provide hardiness and ease of care! William Baffin is certainly a Rose that fulfills those requirements and is ready to provide your home with those same attributes this year. Some people would say that William Baffin Climbing Rose is arguably the hardiest repeat blooming climber available (especially for northern gardeners), and that certainly seems to be the case!

William Baffin Climbing Rose (Rosa ‘William Baffin’) Details

Common name William Baffin Climbing Rose
Botanical name Rosa 'William Baffin'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Red-Orange Rosehips In Fall
Height 8 - 10 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Hot Pink