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'Devoniensis', a climbing tea. Introduced by Foster, UK 1838. (climbing form, 1858.)

DevoniensisThis is also known as "The Magnolia Rose'. Apparently there is a shrub form of 'Devoniensis', but I appear to have the climbing form, which is much more commonly seen.

This was a chance discovery (seedling) by a Mr. Foster in Devonshire, England! As Peter Beales has suggested in his writings, this rose is best grown in a greenhouse, or a warm southern climate. Mine is in a greenhouse. I suspect that if this were more tolerant of cold climates, it would be one of the most popular of the old climbing Teas, as it is refined rose of great beauty.

The plant is a climbing rose of about 10 or 12 feet in height. The 4 inch soft cream colored blooms are produced repeatedly throughout the season, or continuously in the greenhouse. There are few thorns (although they are sharp and hooked!) and the foliage is a soft, matte green hue. It seems to be quite disease resistant, although mine has had some mildew late in the season.

ARS merit rating: 7.9
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 8 to 10, zone 7 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 12 feet tall X 7 feet wide, possibly more, depending on climate.
Fragrance: 4.0, strong Tea scent.

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