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Robert Leopold, bred by Buatois, France, 1941.

Another Moss Rose I have acquired this year is 'Robert Leopold'. (Pictured at right) Introduced in 1941, this hybrid was created by Buatois, the same man who bred 'Gabriel Noyelle'. It is a similar rose in many respects, only much more double. The salmon blend blooms are quite large at about 4" across, and have a very nice scent. The mossing on the buds is dark in color and also scented. This will get to be a large shrub of 6 X 6 feet at maturity, and repeats modestly after a spectacular spring flush. It is a mystery to me that this rose has remained an obscure item, while the similar yet less complex 'Gabriel Noyelle' is easily obtained. Perhaps with some publicity that will change? It is currently available from The Uncommon Rose.

ARS merit rating: none given
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 5 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 6 feet tall.
Fragrance: 3.5, strong, tangy scent.

"12-59-10" Mrs William Paul
Alfred de Dalmas "Nightmoss #1" (unregistered)
Barbara Oliva Nightmoss
Capitaine John Ingram "Nightmoss #3"(unregistered)
Cee Dee Moss Nuits de Young
Comtesse de Murinais "Orange Moss"
Connie Lohn Paintbrush
Dresden Doll Pelisson
Fuzzy Wuzzy Red Red Moss Rambler
Gabriel Noyelle Robert Leopold
Golden Moss Rougemoss
Goldmoss Salet
Heidi Scarlet Moss
Henri Martin "Single Moss"
Lady Moss William Lobb
Lemon Delight Un-named seedling
Loan Hulse Violacée
Mme de la Roche-Lambert  
Mel Hulse  

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