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Gloire de Dijon, Introduced by Jacotot, France, 1853.

Gloire de Dijon

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.

Gloire de DijonAs for cultural likes and dislikes, apparently this and other Noisettes dislike pruning and will do best if not pruned except to remove dead or diseased wood. The plant I got came from a zone 5a/6 district, but I suspect that it will not do well in that cold a climate. This rose is likely a great candidate for you Texas and California rose growers!

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ARS merit rating: 7.2
Personal merit rating: 9.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 8 to 15 feet tall, depending on climate
Fragrance: 4.5, A strong Tea scent with a fruity overtone.

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Gloire de Dijon

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