Largest and Oldest Rose Bush in Tombstone

on April 27, 2003

The nation’s largest and oldest known rose bush grows in Tombstone (pop. 1,504), where its branches cover more than 8,000 square feet. It’s believed that the Lady Banksia climbing rose bush originated from a shoot in Scotland, and was planted by a Scottish settler named Mary Gee in 1855. The white roses bloom in April, which also is when Tombstone holds its Rose Tree Festival.

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