TOMBSTONE, AZ is famous for the gun fight at the OK Corral in 1881; but, did you know it is also famous for the World’s Largest Rose Bush?
In the Guinness Book of World Records you will see the largest living rose bush is a white Lady Banksia that is located in Tombstone, Arizona.
The romantic story starts with a young bride, Mary Gee, from Scotland who came to Tombstone in 1885 with her husband Henry. Because she was so homesick, her family sent cuttings of the White Lady Banksia Rose from their Scotland rose garden.
It kept growing and growing… Now, 129 years later, the cuttings that grew into a rose bush have grown into a 10-foot-tall rose tree that covers over 8,000 square feet and fills one square block!
The rose bush has a massive, gnarled trunk that looks more like an oak tree. Beams support the high branches on this trellised roof of small white roses that grow in clusters. The Tombstone “townsfolk” stated the rose garden blooms in April and the fragrance smells amazing!
When you travel to this famous Arizona mining camp be sure to take the trolley tour. We learned so many facts about Tombstone that we didn’t know and that is how we came across this tenacious shrub. The Rose Tree Museum tells the history of the “rose bush too tough to die.” Contact the museum if you want to be one of the many couples that have taken their vows under the World’s Largest Rose Bush.
Catch the Biggest Rose Garden in bloom during the month of April.
Visiting Tombstone before the hot summer months can make a more enjoyable experience. Of course our favorite month is April because the Lady Banksia rose bush smells so gooood!