Rose Type - Hybrid Musk
History - Pemberton in 1913. Gold Medal winner
Mature size - 6' x 8'
Bloom measurement - 2" at most
Blooming - Spring and fall.
Pruning - light prune after blooming
Scent scale - 6
Hybrid musks typically bloom twice a year but Moonlight has a tendancy to flower with great abandon in the fall. So much so that Pemberton recommended cutting sprays for Christmas decoration! The small semi-double flowers are rather camellia like in appearance. I find the pale yellow petals surrounding the bright yellow stamen cluster is especially charming backed up by the dark green leaves. The color contrast gives these blooms a bit of a glow, hence the name perhaps?
As with all hybrid musks, Moonlight is shade tolerant and is best used as a shrub rose in mixed borders. Pruning after the spring flush will encourage more buds on shorter stems and provides for a bounteous harvest of cutting flowers in the fall. If you're planning a "moon" or all white garden, this is an excellent addition. Check out my article on "night gardens" 4/27/12 to learn more.