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Marbrée. Bred by Robert and Moreau, France 1858

MarbreeThis is another of the Damask Perpetuals that I grow. I have had a plant of this rose for several years now, in various locations, and it seems to perform very well no matter where it grows. It is rarely found described in books on Old Garden Roses, and seems to be one of the less popular of this group, perhaps because to many people, it has very little of that classic Damask fragrance that so many of them are reknowned for. However, for me, this spotted beauty has a moderately strong fragrance. I suspect it depends on a persons individual "olfactory skills"!

As you can see in the photo, this is one of the few spotted roses that have survived the ages. The amount of spotting varies depending on the weather, it seems, and the markings are barely visible here. Interestingly enough, I have observed that many of the seedlings grown from this rose show much more pronounced spotting than it does! Brent Dickerson has also raised seedlings from 'Marbrée', and found the same results. In fact, he has registered one of the roses as 'Papa Vibert', a beautiful deep pink with pronounced spotting.

I find 'Marbrée" to be a very nice shrub that is well worth the garden space. Like most of its group, it has a very shapely shrub form, is well foliated with attractive, healthy leaves, and it repeats frequently in flushes throughout the summer. It has also been one of the latest bloomers for me: usually there is one or two last blooms in December!

ARS merit rating: N.A.
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 to 8, possibly zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 3 to 4 feet tall X 3 feet wide.

Fragrance: 3.0 Fairly intense Damask fragrance.

Blanc de Vibert Marbrée seedling #5
Botzaris Marbrée X The Prince, 2002
Comte de Chambord Mme Hardy (Felicité Hardy)
Crested Damask Marie Louise
Hebe's Lip Portland from Glendora
Indigo R. damascena bifera (Autumn Damask)
Jacques Cartier R. damascena semperflorens
La Ville de Bruxelles Rose de Rescht
Marbrée Rose de Rescht X Tradescant
Marbrée seedling #1 Rose du Roi
Marbrée seedling #2 Stanwell Perpetual
Marbrée seedling #4

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