Rose 'William Baffin'
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Climbing Rose
Hardiness Zone: 3-8S/10W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jun-Sep
Mature Height: 10' Spacing: 6-10'
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A beautiful, sturdy climber, Rose 'William Baffin' has yet to receive the attention it deserves. It bears semi-double, deep pink flowers in abundance in late June, with recurrent bloom well into fall. It is also exceptionally vigorous and hardy, the only recurrent climber available to gardeners in Zones 3 and 4. Destined to become one of the most enduring Roses of our era. Own-root.

For beauty and fragrance the rose knows few rivals. Roses have been cultivated for centuries; there are thousands of cultivars available and, often, an accompanying thicket of taxonomical jargon. Don’t worry about the terminology – the roses we elect to offer were chosen for their beauty, disease-resistance and vigor. Whether you’re looking for a rangy climber to run up a pergola or a petite specimen for a particular spot in the garden, we very likely have a variety to suit.

Roses require 6 or more hours of direct sun per day and fertile, reasonably moist soil. They benefit from an occasional feeding during the growing season. For more information on Rose care, please see the Growing Guide tab on this page.

Tip: We use Organic Gem® as a foliar feed on Rose bushes in our trial garden and find plants are healthier and perform better throughout the season.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (11 Reviews) Write a Review

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I bought this for my daughter four or five years ago. Now it is a lovely arching tree and I love to sit under it this time of year. Wish I could post a photo. It is really special. It took a few years to get going but now it is glorious.

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Love it

planted in fall of 2016. This year it bloomed and has grown over 6 foot tall with multiple branches.

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My most reliable rose

I bought a William Baffin rose about 15 years ago and have never regretted the purchase. It is planted in back of my deck and gets full sun. In my zone 5b garden it blooms profusely for about 5 weeks, usually from Memorial Day to about July 4. After that, blooms are sporadic until frost.

In most years my roses get an application of wood ashes in the winter, composted horse manure in the spring, and some organic rose fertilizer in June. I mulch with a few inches of finely ground hardwood, but otherwise, don't cover the roses for winter. In many winters, roses are eaten by rabbits, deer, voles, etc., so I often have to prune roses heavily in early spring to get rid of canes that have been girded; but William Baffin doesn't seem to mind. It has never failed to bloom beautifully, and except for an occasional Japanese beetle, does not seem to be bothered by pests or diseases. In the meantime I have lost at least half of the other roses I have purchased from WFF or others, including antique roses, David Austin roses, rugosa roses, and Knockout roses to diseases, pests, or critter damage.

William Baffin has sent out some suckers, but I have not minded, because it was planted in a site with room to spare. After about 15 years it is now about 10' wide and will likely be about 8' tall when it blooms in June. I love this rose and highly recommend it, if you have room for a rose this size.

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love this rose

I put in two of these roses over a decade ago. I'm a lazy gardener and only the toughest stuff has a place in my messy, wild Eden. These two are the backbone of it. They bloom magnificently with very little care and are taller than I am, easily six feet or more. Love this rose.

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Best climbing rose ever

I bought my William Baffin rose from WFF about 8 years ago, and loved it. I had it by the gate of our white fence, where it did not get full sun all day, but still thrived, and was a prolific bloomer. The flowers keep on coming. Unfortunately, I had to move it while it was in full bloom for the fence and gate to be replaced. I cut it way back but don' t know if it will come back - we'll see. Since I can't live without it, I'll wait until these are back in stock to get a new one. I have had to prune to keep the gate entrance clear, but generally it keeps its shape with VERY minimal pruning. I have another climbing rose in another spot in the yard that is a nightmare to keep in shape, but William Baffin is very well behaved! No cons at all to this hardy climber.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: roe'zuh  

Today's Roses are easier to grow than you might expect.

  • The basic needs for Roses include plenty of direct sun,6 hours or more, and fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Roses tolerate a range of soil types (from sand to clay), as long as a little care is taken to prepare the soil at planting time.

We offer both own-root and grafted Roses.

  • Own-root Roses are plants grown from cuttings. They have their own root systems and remain true to the original varieties.
  • Grafted Roses are plants that have vigorous rootstocks fused to the top parts of other Roses that are valued for their flowers.

Planting Bareroot Roses: 

  • Before planting a bareroot Rose, remove and discard the packing material and soak the roots for a few hours.
  • Dig a planting hole that allows sufficient room for the depth and spread of the roots.
  • Add organic matter—such as compost or aged manure—and mix this into the soil dug from the hole.
  • Set the plant in the hole so that the top of the graft, or the crown of own-root Roses (the point where the stems of the plant meet the roots), is 3" below soil level in the North, and at the same level or 1" above where winters are mild.

  • Push the mix of soil and organic matter back into the hole, tamping firmly as you go. Water thoroughly.
  • Add a generous layer of organic mulch (compost or aged manure is best) to help keep the soil evenly moist.
  • Water thoroughly once every 2 weeks if rainfall is scarce throughout the growing season and into fall.

Planting Potted Roses:

  • Check the moisture of the potting mix in the container and, if dry, water thoroughly.
  • Dig a hole wide enough and just deep enough for the root ball.
  • Add organic matter—such as compost or aged manure—and mix this into the soil dug from the hole.
  • Remove the plant from the container and gently break up the sides of the root ball with your thumbs and carefully untangle any roots circling at the bottom.
  • Set the root ball in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the surface of the surrounding soil.

  • Push the mix of soil and organic matter back into the hole, tamping firmly as you go. Water thoroughly.
  • Add a generous layer of organic mulch (compost or aged manure is best) to help keep the soil evenly moist.
  • Water thoroughly once a week if rainfall is scarce during the growing season and throughout fall.

Rose Care

Best time to plant Roses: Roses are best planted in spring or fall when mild temperatures encourage the plants to develop root systems. We ship Roses for both spring and fall planting with our broadest selection available in spring. To ensure successful planting of any type of Rose, simply follow the easy guidelines laid out in our Grow Guides, which can be found on our website, on the product page for each Rose variety. The guidelines include light requirements, optimal soil conditions, ideal planting depth, and Rose Care tips to include watering, pruning, end-of-season care, and more. We do not recommend planting Roses in summer because the season’s high temperatures can stress the plants, urging them to push growth above ground before they have had sufficient time to establish supportive root systems.

Light: Roses grow best where they receive at least 6 hours of direct sun per day.

Watering: We recommend watering in the morning if possible so that the foliage doesn’t remain wet into the evening. If the weather is dry, water thoroughly every 2 weeks.

Fertilizer: Roses grow more vigorously, bloom more prolifically, and show greater resistance to diseases if fertilized during the growing season.

  • For best results, add a layer of compost or aged manure in early spring around the base of the plant. After the first wave of bloom, apply a bloom-boosting fertilizer (15-30-15).
  • For organic gardeners, we recommend adding a layer of compost or aged manure in early spring and applying an organic fertilizer after the first wave of bloom.

Pests & Diseases: The Roses we offer are selected for their vigor and their resistance to pests and diseases. 

  • Some Roses are prone to fungus problems (such as black spot) in hot, humid areas. Cleaning up old foliage from the base of the plant is important for disease control.
  • We recommend the use of environmentally-friendly horticultural oil and insect sprays listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).
  • Japanese beetles may be handpicked or a systemic pesticide may be used. In spring, check for Rose slugs (sawfly larvae that appear as tiny, green caterpillars and skeletonize Rose foliage) and physically destroy them or spray with superfine horticultural oil.

Pruning: Prune Roses to remove deadwood, to control or direct growth, and to promote flowering.

  • Wait until growth breaks from the canes in early to mid-spring before pruning.
  • To train climbers in early spring, trim thinner side shoots from the base of the main branches. Attach new stems to their supports throughout the growing season.
  • If the Rose bush has become too tall, the stems may be cut back by one-third to one-half in early spring or after the first wave of blooms.
  • With the exception of the rugosas, which produce attractive hips (fruits), remove the spent flowers of reblooming Roses to promote more bloom.

Transplanting: Roses may be moved in early spring when dormant.

End-of-Season Care: In our experience, the best way to get Roses through winter is to choose plants adapted to your climate zone.

  • Mound 2 shovelfuls of bark mulch around the base of the plant before the start of winter. This added layer of protection is especially important for grafted Roses.


How to Grow Roses
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