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Iceberg is part of the Rosa genus and is a Rose variety. Its scientific name is Rosa 'Iceberg'. Iceberg is a hybrid variety. This variety has a honey fragrance and typically grows to 11.0 cm (4.29 inches imperial) in diameter, blooming in the following colours:   White and   Floral white and   Ghost white. The mature flowers take a Double form, with an approximate petal count of 25. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Dark spring green and   Dartmouth green colour.

Iceberg produces large white double blooms that give a powerful sweet-rose / honey fragrance – this particular variety is perfect for low borders and hedges. Also great for planting in pots due to their dense growing habit.

This vigorous floribunda shrub is extremely disease resistant and is a strong healthy grower with a profuse blooming habit. Bloom size is approx 4.5 inches, with an average petal count of 35 – 40.

Iceberg grows as a Perennial and is a Flower. Being a Perennial, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Iceberg is known for its Shrub habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.25 metres (4.06 feet). Expect blooming to occur in late spring.

Germany is believed to be where Iceberg originates from.

This plant tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for Iceberg Rose is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Iceberg have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Iceberg

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Location: 4 to 6 hours of bright sunlight daily, good drainage.
Soil: Improve the soil by adding organic matter such as peat moss, garden compost, bone meal or aged manure.
Water: Mist canes daily until they leaf out. Water deeply once a week.
Cold Protection: Protect plants against temperatures below -1°C by mounding soil 6"-8" above the crown. Cover with straw or other insulating mulch.
Pests: Susceptible to aphids, black spot, spider mites, thrips.

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Iceberg is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Iceberg requires a loamy soil with a ph of 4.5 - 8.0 - it grows best in moderately acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil.

Growing Iceberg from seed

‘Iceberg’ rose is a hybrid and will not reliably grow true to type from seed.

Try to ensure a gap of at least 3.90 feet (1.20 metres) when sowing to prevent overcrowding your seedlings.

Transplanting Iceberg


  1. Dig hole 12"-18" deep and 2’ across.
  2. Trim any broken roots or stems.
  3. Place container in hole and make sure the crown is 1"-2" above ground level. Adjust accordingly.
  4. Remove container and place rootball in hole.
  5. Fill hole with soil, gently tamp to eliminate air pockets and water well.

Propagation Methods:

  • From softwood cuttings
  • From semi-hardwood cuttings
  • From hardwood cuttings
  • By grafting
  • By budding
Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Iceberg is a very hardy plant.

Harvesting Iceberg

Iceberg Patent Information

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Rose Iceberg Etymology

Registration name: KORbin

Bred by Kordes (Germany) 1958, this floribunda has an ARS rating of 8.9.

Iceberg folklore & trivia

‘Iceberg’ also known as ‘Fée des Neiges’ and ‘Korbin is a repeat blooming floribunda bred by Kordes in Germany and is the result of a cross between a ’Robin Hood’, a Pemberton bred hybrid musk (1927) and ‘Virgo’ a large flowered hybrid tea rose(1947). Its ever present double white flowers, often with a flush of pink in spring and fall, are lightly fragrant. The flowers are medium sized in large clusters and open wide then fall cleanly from the plant. The plant itself is makes a strong trouble free shrub that is bushy and well branched with smooth slender stems and glossy rich green foliage. ‘Iceberg’ can build up to 6-7 feet tall or be lightly pruned to maintain a 4 foot height. This rose has won many awards including the National Rose Society Gold Medal in 1958, the Baden-Baden Gold Medal in 1958, the ADR Anerkannte Deutsche Rose (Germany) in 1960, the World’s Favorite Rose in 1983 and the Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit.

Other Names for Rose 'Iceberg'

Fée des neiges, Schneewittchen, Snow witch

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