Rosa Mister Lincoln



Considered by Many to Be the Best Red Rose Ever

All-America Rose Selections (AARS) Winner 1965

Many rose experts consider Mister Lincoln the best red rose ever. The urn-shaped, rich-maroon buds open their velvety petals to form perfect 4- to 6-inch, high-centered, fully double flowers, comprised of 25 to 40 petals of a lively red that will sometimes turn to a gorgeous purple if bathed in lots of sun. Boasting a strong melon fragrance, the long-lasting flowers are freely produced on long stems, perfect for cutting and exhibition.

Mister Lincoln is a vigorous grower with a long bloom season and fine adaptability to adverse weather conditions, including heat. It has an attractive tall, upright habit of dark green, leathery foliage that makes a wonderful backdrop for the blossoms. This hybrid tea reaches an impressive height of 4 to 6 feet with a width of 2 to 3 feet, creating a display like no other. It performs best in sunny locations with medium-moist, slightly acidic, well-draining loam. A favorite among discerning gardeners for generations, it is a splendid addition to any setting.

Mister Lincoln should be pruned in the spring, to half height or 18 to 20 inches above the ground, with the removal of old canes and dead wood. Cut back canes that cross each other. Gardeners in warmer climates will want to cut the remaining canes.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Rosa
Species hybrid
Zone 5 - 10
Bloom Start To End Late Spring - Late Fall
Habit Upright
Plant Height 6 ft
Plant Width 3 ft
Bloom Size 4 in - 6 in
Petal Count 40
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Free Bloomer, Repeat Bloomer, Pruning Recommended
Bloom Color Red
Bud Shape Urn
Flower Shape High-centered
Foliage Color Dark Green, Leathery
Fragrance Strong, Melon
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cut Flowers, Landscapes
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 5 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

April 26, 2014

One of the Truly Great Red Roses Ever

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I have had my Mr. Lincoln rose for 3 years now. I have it planted on the east side of the house which means it is shaded for about half the day. I really didn't prepare the soil in the bed (a new flower bed) all that much but Mr. L. took off from the start. It produces impressive canes (last year one topped 6 feet) and beautifully-formed deep red flowers. This year it's already producing more canes than last year and the buds are plumping so I should be enjoying roses very soon. I wasn't able to get out and care for it much last summer but it seemed to avoid black spot and mildew (a big deal here in humid south Arkansas). If you love red hybrid teas, this should be at the top of your list!

John from AR
February 24, 2014

THE rose of roses

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I bought one of these in the early seventys I believe. The first rose on this bush was a rose show winner for sure. It was quite large foe this rose. Saucer size at least. It was perfect to the very last petal. I cut it and my wife and myself enjoyed it for a week. We were going on vacation for a week so we gave it to a dear friend to enjoy A week after we returned home he returned it. It was still awsome. We enjoyed it for almost another week befor we had to discard it. I am 71 now and have never seen another rose as great as that one. I did enjoy many years of these most fragrent of roses. Close your eyes and smell this rose and you will know exactly what a rose should smell like. Unforetunately the deer loved them as well as I did. They won the battle but not the war. I am going to order a couple of more of these and do battle again.I am allso going to order a couple of Double Delights. My second favorite rose in the world. I will revue these as well. I have a guard cat now that will put the fear in.

John Brewer from OR
February 05, 2014

susceptible to mildew and white fly

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This rose was planted about 10 years ago by the previous owner of our home. The flowers are very lovely, but the bush is far more susceptible to problems than any of our other rose varieties. We live in a moist climate (coastal Oregon) and no doubt that contributes to its problems. Often this plant will have white fly when other near-by roses, such as Sun Flare, won't have them.

Rose Weiss from OR
March 24, 2013

Just Buy It!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Mr. Linkie, as my little daughter calls it, is the epitome of a rose. The fragrance is what you imagine a rose should smell. The color is intense and slowly turns almost burgundy red as the blooms age. Blossoms are huge and full. The bush is easy to grow and nicely leafed. If you have room for only one rose, this is your choice.

Nancy E from CA
August 13, 2012


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars



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