Cecile Brunner China Rose: A Delicate Beauty in the Garden

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The Cecile Brunner China Rose, an enduring favorite since its introduction in 1881, is a testament to the timeless charm of roses. Known for its petite, thimble-sized blooms and sweet fragrance, this rose variety has captivated gardeners and rose enthusiasts alike for generations.

Botanical Name
Rosa ‘Cecile Brunner’
Plant Type
Climbing or shrub rose
Can reach up to 20 feet as a climber
Reddish when young, maturing to a glossy medium green
Tolerant of a wide range, from temperate to tropical zones
Sun Exposure
Prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade
Soil Requirements
Thrives in humus-rich, fertile, moist, well-drained soils, tolerant of poorer soils
Hardiness Zones
Hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9
Flower Color
Pale pink
Foliage Color
Dark green
Season Features
Prolific bloomer from spring to fall
Special Features
Almost thornless stems, ideal for training over structures
Distribution and Habitat
Widely adaptable to various garden settings
Generally considered non-toxic
  • Resembles miniature Hybrid Tea roses with up to 30 petals per bloom.
  • Propagation by cuttings or grafting onto rootstock. Softwood cuttings taken in spring or hardwood cuttings in late winter are both effective methods.
  • Adds timeless elegance to gardens, balconies, and landscapes with its dainty flowers and romantic allure.
  • Cultivation of the Cecile Brunner requires full sun to partial shade exposure and thrives in humus-rich, fertile, moist, well-drained soils.
  • While not invasive, can spread quickly in favorable conditions, potentially outcompeting native vegetation.
  • Common pests include aphids, spider mites, and Japanese beetles, while diseases such as powdery mildew and black spots may affect foliage and blooms.
  • Not typically listed as deer-resistant. While roses are not the preferred food for deer, they may still browse them if other food sources are scarce.


How often should I water the Cecile Brunner rose?

Watering needs are average, but ensure the soil remains moist, especially during dry spells.

Does the Cecile Brunner rose require pruning?

Minimal pruning is needed, just remove dead wood and shape it as desired.

Can the Cecile Brunner rose grow in pots?

Yes, it can be container-grown, provided it is well-cared for and not allowed to dry out.

What are the best companion plants for this rose?

Companion planting with low-growing perennials or spring bulbs can complement its beauty.

How do I manage pests on my Cecile Brunner rose?

Regular inspections and prompt treatment of any signs of pests will keep the plant healthy.

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