It takes a little longer for climbers to prove themselves, but already this gloriously disease-resistant and vigorous climber is proving worthy of its fine lineage. It seems to have inherited all the best traits from it's proud parent Altissimo. Healthy, mannerly, prolific, and fast-growing, Fourth of July explodes with huge clusters of five-petalled flowers that are bright velvety red with clean white stripes. Or maybe they're white with red stripes; it's hard to say. At any rate, there are plenty of them, spring through fall. Having first-hand experience growing this rose myself, I concur wholeheartedly with all the rave reviews: it's foolproof and a major show-off. I love it.
Dr. Leda 2001