ALTISSIMO – Modern climbing rose, repeat flowering, large, brilliant bright blood-red single-petalled


Introduced by Delbard-Chabert, France in 1966 Altissimo is still very popular today because it is an excellent climbing rose for walls, fences or to train as a pillar or support to the posts of a pergola. Altissimo is a vigorous climbing rose with stiff stems capable of branching readily if used to espalier on a wall or fence where it would flower more like a floribunda/cluster-flowered rose and to which it is particularly suited for masses of flowers – grown in this way, Altissimo will cover a wall 3mts x 3mts and be an absolute sight to behold throughout the entire flowering season.

The large, open flowers with 7-8 petals, display yellow stamens which attract the bees for pollination. Altissimo is lightly fragrant and will repeat flower well throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn if trimmed constantly as the blooms finish.

Altissimo is a very easy-care rose with dark leathery, exceptionally healthy foliage and in Italian, Altissimo means ‘in the highest’ – Altissimo is very appropriately named because it is a very worth climbing rose to place at the top of your list of ‘must have’ roses since it has so many wonderful qualities and is well suited to a variety of situations in the rose garden. Altissimo happily lets you be the boss and make it do whatever it is you want and whichever site you would like it to cover, this intensely bright coloured, free-flowering climbing rose will never disappoint!

  • Stunning large bright red single rose with yellow stamens
  • Climber to suit many different aspects in rose garden
  • Exceedingly healthy
  • Very free flowering


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.

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10 Replies to “ALTISSIMO – Modern climbing rose, repeat flowering, large, brilliant bright blood-red single-petalled”

    1. This rose does not need poisons. Organic fertilizers like compost and manure will do. It does not display black spots – very easy care and the color of the blossoms is very attractive.

      There are many roses that are indeed easy care – Just read labels – many just need organic fertilizers, judicious pruning and liquid soap (called insecticidinal soap for japanese beetles. Good manure and compost are very helpful. I grow over 15 roses and really this is all I use. Look for disease resistance varieties – and avoid Hybrid teas though some do very well with little fuss – and you can grow almost anything you choose

        1. Can I grow my altissimo rose laterally along a low picket fence now that the arbor it is on is being moved from where the picket fence will be? I also have growing on this arbor Arabian jasmine and bleeding heart vine, which have grown up through the support of a wax privet hedge, which I will be lowering to be only a foot or so above the picket fence (3 feet, I’m guessing) and letting the now two severely thinned privets that flank the old arbor, the thinning of which was designed to match the width of arbor opening, but that gap caused thereby now needs to grow together as closely as possible.

  1. I have grown this rose for about five years. It is one of the favorite in the garden by visitors
    And me. Seems to amaze me
    By the shuttle way it grows and
    Puts out the royal red flowers
    With the beautiful stamens. To me it is not a tall climber. Perfect for an open fence that can be viewed from both sides.

    1. Couldn’t agree MORE that ALTISSIMO is one of the grandest climbing roses – always flowering, always spectacular – magnificent in the extreme! However, Aussie gardeners seem intent on NOT PLANTING the single, five petalled roses … they will sometime in the future with my constant nagging them to do so!!! Cheers … Diana

  2. Diana, you don’t have to nag me! I love single roses, I took cuttings of an Altissimo (bought from a rural rose grower/poss. breeder on a road trip with my now-deceased mother, I don’t think we ever knew the cultivar or had forgotten) from my last house and the three that struck are just stunning. The new house I bought has approx. 25 roses and yes – an Altissimo, although at first I didn’t think so as the new plants flowers had a lovely velvet that the bedded one didn’t. I love single roses, such elegance, such open beauty. I want a dog rose next! So yes, some Australians do love and plant single 5 petal roses. Altissimo – such a stunning eye-catching and uplifting rose.

    1. How could you not love ALTISSIMO ??? Yes, indeed, one of my favourites too and it doesn’t sell well either! I’m always surprised when ‘new’ rose growers tell me they love the open single types … but some actually do! My favourite ‘single’ rose this season has been PIERRE GAGNAIRE – a Delbard climber which is over an arch along the centre walk in the nursery … awesome! Cheers – Diana

  3. PIERRE GAGNAIRE is beautiful. Prettily delicate and it looks like a profuse bloomer. And out of stock it seems! Diana do you happen to know an Australian rose grower/retailer who has a bent for single roses? There must be one in this country, even privately even if their main stock may not reflect this online because I do not believe I am in an eccentric minority.

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