The Musk Rose, Rosa moschata, has several forms, both single and double. They have been cultivated in European and American gardens for centuries, and though they seemed to have disappeared years ago, they have been rediscovered. These are large spreading shrubs which can be encouraged to climb if grown in shade. They begin to flower after the main rose bloom, but continue until late fall. Their flowers are white and exude a spicy, musky perfume. Excellent garden plants in their own right, the Musks are parents of the old Noisette roses, which in turn produced the climbing roses we call Tea-Noisettes. Musk Roses are large and spreading, reaching 15′ to 20′ when grown in shade, 8′ in warm climates and staying at 4′ or so in colder areas.
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