'Alister Stella Gray'

(Pronounced: AL-iss-tur STEL-er GRAY)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Alister Stella Gray' , 'Golden Rambler'

 

'Alister Stella Gray'

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'Alister Stella Gray' is a moderate climber with dark green foliage and medium-sized (2-1/2") white clustered flowers. 'Alister Stella Gray' has a nice spring bloom and repeats, but the fall display is the best for this rose.

 

'Alister Stella Gray'

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The buds are yoke-yellow and open to a creamy white flower that soon fades to white. The flowers are tea-scented and very fragrant.

 

'Alister Stella Gray'

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In the yellow light of the late afternoon, it is pretty easy to see why 'Alister Stella Gray' is also called the 'Golden Rambler'.

 

'Alister Stella Gray'

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left to its own devices, 'Alister Stella Gray' makes a large upright shrub. The specimen shown here is about 3 years old, and the bloom in the spring is absolutely fantastic.

 

'Alister Stella Gray'

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The bloom continues in cycles through the summer but, unlike most roses, it is best in the fall when the plant is absolutely covered with lovely golden fragrant blooms.

 
 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

This rose produces clusters of butter-yellow buds that open to creamy yellow, fragrant, 2-3 flowers with slightly orange centers. The flowers fade to near white as they age. The foliage is dark green and glossy.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

N

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Gray, A. H.  

INTRODUCED:

'Alister Stella Gray' was bred by A. H. Gray, and Introduced in England by George Paul in 1894.  

DATE:

1894 [ England ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    6 '     to    12 '           Width:    4 '     to    6 '



'Alister Stella Gray' is a rather angular almost thorn-free climber, with distinctive zig-zag shoots, that grows to a height of 6' - 15'. The canes are long and flexible, which makes them easy to train on a wall, pergola, arch, trellis, pillar.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is dense and dark green with pointed leaves.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

R - repeat. 'Alister Stella Gray' blooms almost continuously from spring to autumn, but the best blooms occur in the early fall.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    2.00"      to      2.00"           Cluster Size:    5      to      9           Petal Count:    35 to 40          

The blooms are small in size (2-1/2"), occur in small sprays, and open to very double, quartered, uneven pom-poms. The petals have a silky texture.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

The buds are egg-yoke yellow. When they open they are pale yellow with a touch of apricot at the center and paler at the edges. They quickly turn slightly orange, and finally pale to a creamy white.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

VF - Very fragrant. 'Alister Stella Gray' is tea scented and very fragrant.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 7 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Alister Stella Gray' prefers a very sunny location. Careful pruning is required. It may be propagated fairly readily from cuttings. It is a very healthy rose with no unusual disease or insect problems.

Like other Noisette roses, it may have some black spot or mildew if not allowed to have enough sun or air circulation.

 
PROPAGATION:  
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Requires sunny location to thrive
    ** Availability is limited  

ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Alister Stella Gray can grow up through a small tree. It also may be grown as a large arching shrub.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 10.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 22.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 22.

Austin, David. The Heritage of the Rose. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors Club, Ltd.. 1990, pp. 273, 279.

Barnard, Loretta, ed.. 500 Popular Roses for American Gardens. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series, Inc.. 1997, p. 46.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, pp. 17, 69, 373-374.