Introduced by Jacotot, France, 1853.
Gloire de Dijon is my favourite rose of all. When asked if I could have but one rose, I tell people that this would be the one! It was the favourite of Rev. Dean Hole, the first president of the National Rose Society. I have no problem seeing why! I have been growing it in a very large pot in the greenhouse to get it settled before finding it a permanent location, and it appears to have rooted quite permanently into the greenhouse floor! That's going to be okay, as I need to keep it under plastic for breeding purposes anyways.
It has produced some magnificent blooms, a few of which you see here. As I was expecting, the scent is outstanding, and it produces several flushes of bloom from early May until December! There are a few blooms still hanging on right now! (December 20) I have heard it said that this rose can be less than generous with rebloom, but I can't say that about my plant at all. It has been most generous with bloom all year.
This climbing tea is a cross of an unknown Tea (possibly Devoniensis)
and the wonderful Souvenir de la
Malmaison, a Bourbon rose. The pollen parent is obviously partially
responsible for it's fragrance characteristics, as I find it to be similar
to Souvenir de la Malmaison.
Most references say that Gloire de Dijon will reach a height of 12 feet
and 8 feet wide. I suspect that in a Pacific Northwest climate it may
get larger than that. (Like some of the David
Austin roses do: Peter Beales says of the Teas/Noisettes; they can
be expected to grow to twice their listed size in a milder climate than
the UK ) I have not seen any disease on this rose, but I have been told
that it has some susceptibility to mildew.
Click here to see a couple more photos of this rose.
merit rating: 7.2
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