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Initial post 5 SEP by bumblekim
Does anyone else feel like this rose is WAY taller than the desription? Mine is pushing 6 feet tall, I thought it was mislabelled but the flowers are unmistakable. It is like a climber over a path which I had planted towards the front so it wouldn't "block" the things behind it! It's ok, I don't mind! I felt like it is an improved Souvenir De La Malmaison, way more vigorous, not prone to balling, but with the same romance and sumptuousness of SDLM. And is way more hardy in my zone 5 garden. A rose fit for a queen
Reply #1 of 5 posted 5 SEP by HMF Admin
Perfect opportunity to post a photo !
Reply #2 of 5 posted 7 days ago by carmenbcdc
Siiiii, a mí me pasa también. Mi rosal tiene poco más de 2 años y ahora mismo mide más de 2 m, parece un escalador, y puse un esqueje y mide lo mismo, sobrepasa los 2 m. Pero no me importa, es un rosal precioso y espectacular, robusto, muy perfumado, muy florífero y sano .Recuerda las rosas antiguas y sirve para poner las flores en un jarrón, duran mucho en agua. Es uno de mis rosales más queridos, lo recomiendo.

Perdón por escribir en español, pero el inglés se me resiste, espero que me entendais, yo con el traductor no tengo problemas.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 7 days ago by bumblekim
No problema! Fui profesora de espanol y lo estudie en universidad. No se como utilizar los accentos. Pense que el rootstock hace la rosa asi grande, pero ahora pienso que es probablamente in las geneticas de la rosa.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 2 days ago by carmenbcdc
Vaya, me alegro de que fueras profesora de español!!! Los acentos son un problema para todos jajaja, así que no te preocupes por eso, se te entiende estupéndamente.

Tal vez tengas razón y tenga que ver con la genética del rosal, pues tengo más variedades de Kordes que tienden a crecer mucho más de lo que se indica en los catálogos, son demasiado vigorosos diría yo.

Un abrazo.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 4 days ago by Plazbo
I got it a month or so ago and its just turned spring, a few buds on the way. Being in Australia though should be able to weigh in on the height in a few months....but most roses are a fair bit taller than listed in this climate. At the moment though its still fairly short and round.
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Initial post 10 MAY by HubertG
From the 'Rosen-Zeitung' 1895, page 73:

"Neuste Rosen für 1894/95

(Beschreibungen der Züchter)

Strauch wüchsig und sehr remontierend; Blume sehr gefüllt, wundervoll geformt, auf geraden Stielen; Blumenblätter dick, sehr regelmässig rund, leicht aufblühend; Farbe neu in dieser Klasse, carmoisinrot samtig purpur mit lebhaft kirsch- und feuerrotem Widerschein."

My translation:

Newest Roses for 1894/95

(Descriptions of the breeders)

Bush vigorous and very remontant; flower very double, wonderfully shaped, on straight stems; petals thick, very regularly round, opening easily; colour new in this class, crimson-red velvety purple with lively cherry-red and flame-red reflexes.
Reply #1 of 41 posted 10 MAY by Patricia Routley
That's interesting: "petals thick, very regularly round". Thanks HubertG. Reference added.
Reply #2 of 41 posted 14 MAY by HubertG
This is the text accompanying the colour illustration of 'Francis Dubreuil' in the 1896 Rosen-Zeitung, page 41

"1. Francis Dubreuil. (Thee). Dubreuil 1894.
Reichblütigkeit, kräftiger Wuchs, gute Füllung, aufrechte Haltung, elegante Form und eine dunkelblutrote Färbung hatte man bisher noch nicht unter den Theerosen in einer Sorte vereinigt gefunden. In der Dubreuil'schen Züchtung haben wir etwas Hervorragendes dieser Art erhalten, so dass der Züchter mit recht sagen konnte: Die schönste, bekannte "rote Thee". Der Strauch ist wüchsig, sehr verzweigt, dunkelbläulichgrün belaubt und sehr remontierend. Die wundervoll schön geformte mittelgrosse Blume ist sehr gefüllt, wird von geraden, festen Stielen aufrecht getragen, öffnet sich bei jeder Witterung. Die samtig carmoisin purpurrote Farbe wird durch eine feuerroten Widerschein erhellt und leidet weder durch Hitze noch durch Regen leicht. Eine als Knospe geschnittene Blume dauert im Glase Wasser wohl 8 Tage lang. Für Blumenbinderei-Geschäfte wird sie ohne Fehl eine viel begehrte und gesuchte Schnittrose sein. Ihre Massenanpflanzung kann daher nur dringend empfohlen werden. Dass sie auch wegen ihrer seltenen Vorzüge schnell erkannt wurde, beweisst eine überaus starke Nachfrage in Pflanzen, sodass dieses Frühjahr wohl in keinem Geschäfte eine kräftige Pflanz unverkauft blieb. Auch dürfte sie zu Gruppenpflanzungen Verwendung finden und grosse Wirkung erzielen, doch besorge man ihr kräftige, humusreiche, lehmige Erde. Die in den letzten Jahren in den Handel gebrachten dunkelroten Thee sind von "Francis Dubreuil" alle in den Schatten gestellt. Ob sie eine Treibrose sein wird, können wir bis jetzt noch nicht sagen.
Reply #3 of 41 posted 15 MAY by Patricia Routley
Thank you HubertG. Reference added.
Reply #4 of 41 posted 15 MAY by HubertG
I should have time to do the translation tonight, Patricia.
Reply #5 of 41 posted 15 MAY by HubertG
My translation:

1. Francis Dubreuil. (Tea). Dubreuil 1894. Amongst the Tea Roses, one had not found freedom of flowering, strong growth, good petalage, upright held flowers, elegant shape and a dark blood-red colouring combined in the one variety until now. In this Dubreuil creation we have obtained something outstanding of this kind, so that the breeder can rightly say: the most beautiful known "red Tea". The bush is vigorous, very branched, foliaged dark bluish-green and very remontant. The wonderful beautifully shaped medium-sized flower is very double, borne upright on straight firm stems, opening in any weather. The velvety crimson purple-red colour is lit with a fire-red reflection and neither through heat nor through rain does it suffer easily. A flower cut as a bud lasts well for 8 days in a glass of water. For florist businesses it will become a very coveted and sought after cut rose without fail. Therefore their mass planting can only be highly recommended. The fact that it was also quickly recognised because of its rare merits, established an exceedingly strong demand for plants, so that this spring hardly any vigorous plant remained unsold in the stores. It should also find use for group plantings and achieve great effect, but still, one should give it strong humus-rich, loamy soil. 'Francis Dubreuil' eclipses all dark red Teas introduced into commerce in recent years. Whether it will become forcing rose, we cannot yet say.

I hope it's still English. I've tried to translate it as literally as possible without it sounding too Germanic.
It would be interesting for someone who grows this rose to do the 8 day vase-life test.
Reply #6 of 41 posted 15 MAY by Patricia Routley
The translation added. Thanks HubertG. The 8-day test in different seasons. I have found that the well-watered autumn roses last longer.
Reply #7 of 41 posted 15 MAY by Margaret Furness
A better test of a true Francis Dubreuil would be the scent; if it has any, it should be Tea-scented. See old references.
Reply #8 of 41 posted 16 MAY by HubertG
There is that reference that says it has a distinct apple scent.

Patricia, I left out an 'a' in the last sentence of that translation - it should be " become a forcing rose".

If the rose grown as 'Francis Dubreuil' lasts only a few days in water then that might be an argument that it isn't the original rose.
Although I haven't grown FD (and the main reason was really that it was not meant to be the correct variety), but I have to ask, since it isn't 'Barcelona' after all, what tea is it? I have to admit that it does rather match the German descriptions - regular rounded petals, dark blue-green foliage, colour description etc.
I think it might need to be reappraised as possibly the correct variety.
Reply #9 of 41 posted 16 MAY by Margaret Furness
No, I can't buy anyone describing the rose currently-sold-as FD, as scentless. When the designated scent-testers for the Rose Trial grounds in Adelaide Botanic Gardens are assessing new varieties, and find they need to re-set 10 (like setting white balance!), they go and stick their noses in "Not Francis Dubreuil".
The Tea book includes an illustration of FD from Rosen-Zeitung 1896, showing long pointed leaves. The authors conclude their discussion of Not FD by saying "...we just wish that we could call it a Tea!".
Reply #10 of 41 posted 16 MAY by HubertG
Yet the illustration from Betten's Die Rose 1903 doesn't show a long bud or leaves. Which one is correct? The Betten illustration looks more realistically drawn than the Rosen-Zeitung illustration.

I'm only going by the photos I've seen, but if this was the FD introduced in the 1890's, from its habit and freedom of flowering it wouldn't have been classed as a Hybrid Perpetual, a Bourbon or any other rose class at the time. No doubt a red tea would have had a little bit of 'something else' in its breeding to give it its colour and that perhaps makes it less typical of the appearance of the 'purer' teas, but like I say, how would this particular rose be classed back then?

I've only seen it a few times in person at visits to Parramatta Park in Sydney years ago. It certainly did have a good fragrance but I couldn't describe its scent after all this time.

At least we know it came from Sangerhausen. There can't be too many candidates in the early lists that match it.
Reply #11 of 41 posted 28 MAY by HubertG
Here's an early American reference describing FD as "very fragrant":
From G. R. Gause's 1905 Catalogue of Roses (on the inside front cover)

A new red Tea Rose of unusual merit, with fine, large, double flowers, which, in color, are equal to the best of our deep-colored Hybrid Perpetuals. The flowers are large, very full and double, with thick, regularly arranged petals. Color is red, with velvety shadings; rich and very fragrant."
Reply #12 of 41 posted 28 MAY by Margaret Furness
The rose photographed in 1906 isn't what is grown as FD now.
Reply #13 of 41 posted 28 MAY by HubertG
I just uploaded the illustration of Francis Dubreuil on the cover of the Gause 1905 catalogue. Unfortunately, it's one of those catalogue illustrations which aren't really an accurate depiction but probably have some semblance of truth. It actually looks half-way between the 1906 photo and the currently grown FD.
Reply #14 of 41 posted 28 MAY by Patricia Routley
Thanks HubertG. I have added the reference. Is the spelling in the original text Francis or Francois?
Reply #15 of 41 posted 28 MAY by HubertG
Your welcome. In the original text it is spelt "Francois".
Reply #38 of 41 posted 29 AUG by HubertG
I have said previously that I did not think 'Princess Bonnie' is a contender for the real identity of FD, but this photograph of Princess Bonnie in the 1916 catalogue of Dingee & Conard (the originators) has me thinking twice about it. The blooms do look cupped, and the petals have that same flattish appearance, with the little indent on the petal edges, giving them a somewhat heart shaped look. And Princess Bonnie was very fragrant. What do others think? The photo gives a good view of the buds too. Note that one stem seems to have a small cluster of three buds.
Reply #39 of 41 posted 29 AUG by Margaret Furness
Not sure about the receptacle shape, but it's close.
Reply #40 of 41 posted 30 AUG by HubertG
The problem is that this photo doesn't really look a lot like other depictions of Princess Bonnie, and I wonder if it's a catalogue photo mix up.
Princess Bonnie's pedigree is a tea x (probably triploid) HT, so that could give a fertile diploid rose (as 'FD' does sets hips), so that would make sense. Additionally PB's pollen parent 'William Francis Bennett' does look a bit like 'FD' regarding the blooms (at least in the only photo posted here). However PBonnie is usually described as exceptionally free flowering, and I'm not sure if that could be said about 'FD'.

Also 'Admiral Schley' could be another possible contender although I don't know that they had that rose at Sangerhausen. It certainly isn't mentioned in the Rosen-Zeitung.
Reply #41 of 41 posted 30 AUG by HubertG
The rose on the left looks as if it has barely 3-4 rows of petals.
Reply #16 of 41 posted 31 MAY by Plazbo
I'm probably being dumb but are you calling it "Not Francis Dubreuil" because we aren't sure what is being sold in Australia is actually Barcelona? Or is it fairly certain it is Barcelona?

Just a little confused about whether I should be running it through my diploid lines or pairing it with something like Rhapsody In Blue instead...I'm assuming the latter based on a lot of comments on here.
Reply #17 of 41 posted 31 MAY by HubertG
Plazbo, I'm confused too haha. Check out "David Martin's No41" which is the most likely candidate for the 1932 'Barcelona' (in fact in my opinion there is no reason to doubt that it is Barcelona).
Somehow the rose distributed as Francis Dubreuil had been confused for Barcelona in the US hence it wasn't thought to be FD, and so has become NotFD. Anyway, that's my take on it in a nutshell anyway.
I'm sure one of the Tealadies could expand on this.

I still think that it could be the original Francis Dubreuil. As I've mentioned previously, even though it has some atypical tea characteristics, it doesn't easily fall into another class either. It does match early descriptions especially the rounded regularly arranged velvety petals, and the dark bluish-green foliage. And it did come from Sangerhausen labelled as Francis Dubreuil. True, the bloom doesn't look a lot like the 1906 photo, but some of the photos here do show recurving petal edges. It certainly (to my mind) doesn't seem anything like what one would expect a Hybrid Tea given commercial release in the 1930's to be, so isn't Barcelona.

As to its ploidy, who knows? The original FD would most likely to have come through one of those early red teas like Duchess of Edinburgh which was introduced as a tea but clearly had hybrid characteristics, perhaps self pollinated and retaining enough Tea characteristics but developing the velvety red blooms. So if it was say a self pollination of a triploid that occasionally set hips, it could end up being a diploid or a tetraploid. This is just my speculation of course. Just for comparison of a similar possible breeding, look at 'Princess Bonnie' which is from a {T x (T x HP)} cross.
Reply #18 of 41 posted 31 MAY by Margaret Furness
Sangerhausen has been through two world wars, and every big collection or garden or nursery has mislabels. Especially if the labels are small enough for the public to move around. We kept updating the labels at Renmark as new information came in, but there are still some I'm uneasy about or would change if it was worth spending more there at present. For example, what we have as Excellenz von Schubert and Merveille des Rouges are pretty clearly incorrect.
Reply #19 of 41 posted 8 JUN by HubertG
I wonder if 'Marion Dingee' might be a possibilty for this rose. There are plenty of references online but I haven't come across a reference to its fragrance. The illustrations suggest a cupped shape and often the references describe a very dark colour. Here's the coloured plate for 'Marion Dingee' from Dingee's 1892 catalogue. Dingee's give the breeding as 'Comtesse de Casserta' x 'Duchess of Edinburgh'.
Reply #20 of 41 posted 8 JUN by Patricia Routley
You might be on to something HubertG. The bloom shape is about right, the colour is about right, the "short compact" growth is about right.
We have:
1889 Marion Dingee (Early illustrations show a shorter bloom)
1894 Francis Dubreuil (Early illustrations, 1896 and 1906, show a taller bloom)
I'll search for 'Marion Dingee' in Australia later in the day.
Reply #21 of 41 posted 8 JUN by HubertG
What's a bit out of place though is the lack of fragrance in the descriptions. Dingee's other red Tea was Princess Bonnie which they lauded as one of the sweetest scented roses available. One would think to promote their own rose (in Marion Dingee), if it had a good fragrance, they would at least mention its scent when it was introduced. I don't think Princess Bonnie is a contender from early references and illustrations, by the way.

It is interesting however to compare the buds in the coloured illustration I posted above with the photo Tomartyr posted on 30 Nov 2011, photo Id 187697.
Reply #22 of 41 posted 9 JUN by billy teabag
A very quick response before a more considered one.
Reliable early Australian references to Francis Dubreuil tell us this was one of the big Teas. From memory, the 1930s reference to roses in NSW tells us it was 9 feet tall.
Even in the best conditions, with the best care and attention, the rose sold as Francis Dubreuil struggles to reach half that height.
Reply #23 of 41 posted 9 JUN by Patricia Routley
In 1893 (four years after 'Marion Dingee' was introduced,) it was said to have a "short compact growth". The 1930s was about 60 years later. I hope you will share some of those references Billy. I probably have them, but I added 15 refs to 'Marion Dingee' yesterday and must move on. (My Francis Dubreuil' manages to make about 2 feet.)
Reply #24 of 41 posted 10 JUN by billy teabag
The ref I was remembering is this one from George Knight's 1931 article Tea Roses in New South Wales which has already been added:
"What an opportunity is offered to some of the authorities in connection with the public gardens of the State to plant out some of the most vigorous of these old tea Roses and grow them into large shrubs. There is no more striking feature than to see a Rose bush eight or nine feet high, built in proportion and covered in bloom. I would suggest as some of the most suitable for this purpose : Corallina, Mme Charles, Dr. Grill, Francois Dubreuil, Mdlle. Christine de Noue and Mrs Dunlop Best. The latter makes a nice bush up to six feet. p104 Australian Rose Annual 1931.

The "Not Francis Dubreuil" we used to have also only managed about 2'6" in height and width before losing the will to live.
To my eye it looks like a hybrid of a China rose and something HP-ish.

I'll check to see whether I have anything else on my computer that hasn't been added to HMF and will have a look on Trove.
Reply #25 of 41 posted 10 JUN by HubertG
Maybe another possibility to consider is 'Friedrichsruh' from 1907. It was a cross from 'Princesse de Bearn' x 'Francis Dubreuil' and appeared to be a shorter-growing bushy rose, Sangerhausen had it in their collection and gave it a 7/10 for fragrance. That's assuming of course that the rose grown as 'Friedrichsruh' at Sangerhausen now is incorrect. And despite being classed as a Hybrid Tea it had short stems and nodding flowers.
Reply #26 of 41 posted 10 JUN by billy teabag
Worth a closer look, I think, HubertG. It's not uncommon to see mixups between roses in large collections that are close alphabetically.
Short stems and nodding flowers on a shorter plant is a good start.
Reply #27 of 41 posted 11 JUN by HubertG
That's a good point Billy. Not only is there the possibility of them being confused if they looked similar but also as their names both start with FR, a mixup could have occurred in the cataloguing. Possibly.
There are quite a few references for 'Friedrichsruh' in the Rosen-Zeitung. One describes 'Souvenir de Clos Vougeot' as in the style of a paeony "like Friedrichsruh". I'm not sure how paeony-like FD is. Perhaps a bit.
Reply #28 of 41 posted 13 JUN by Patricia Routley
I've added a few more refs for 'Friedrichsruh'.
Reply #29 of 41 posted 13 JUN by true-blue
Hubert, sorry to barge in.
I've been reading this thread with a lot of interest.

However, I doubt if Francis Dubreuil was a fragrant rose. If you check the original advertisement in Journal des roses, thee's no mention of that:
Here is the text, translated from the original:

Mr. F. Dubreuil, rose-grower, 146, route de Grenoble, of Montplaisir-Lyon has two new roses for sale; the descriptions follow:
Francis Dubreuil (Tea). — A robuste and very remontant shrub, the flower is very full, of an admirable form, upright on rigid peduncles at the tips of the canes, with thick petals, very regularly rounded, in gracefully developed curves of a cup with softened contours, opening with extreme ease, of a color absolutely novel amongst the Teas, crimson red, velvety purple with vivid cherry-amaranth highlights, the bud is an elongated ovoid shape of great beauty.
Due to the perfection of its form and the intensity of its purple and amaranth hues, this variety constitutes the most beautiful red Tea Rose known
This variety has been awarded: 1) the silver medal of the Society of Practical Horticulture of the Rhône; 2) a prize at the Universal Exposition at Lyon, concourse of Jue 1894; 3) a first-class certificate from the Lyonnaise Horticultural Association.
Reply #30 of 41 posted 14 JUN by HubertG
True-blue, no need to apologise. :-) The omission of the description of a fragrance when any rose is introduced is rather suspicious of it not having much scent. However an omission doesn't necessarily mean it didn't have a fragrance. There are other references which say it was fragrant, but when they come from catalogues trying to sell stock, you need to be a bit discerning, I suppose, as to whether they are exaggerations. The early apple fragrance description intrigues me.

Patricia, wow, you've been busy adding to 'Friedrichsruh'! Last I looked there were only half a dozen or so references. I want to add some more from the Rosen-Zeitung but maybe not till the weekend. One describes the buds and leaves in detail (including a bud photo), another says how it is mildew-free and the fragrance is intoxicating and emits particularly after rain. The mildew-free description is interesting because the few photos here of 'Friedrichsruh' from Sangerhausen show a somewhat mildew affected plant! (well it looks that way to me).

What's interesting about 'Friedrichsruh' is that it is a child of 'Francis Dubreuil'. If only we had an inexpensive genetic test to find out how much two roses are related to each other!
Reply #31 of 41 posted 15 JUN by true-blue
Hubert, if memory serves me well, none of the French sources, noted FD as fragrant, hence my conclusion that is most probably not fragrance worthy, hence my conclusion.
Reply #32 of 41 posted 28 JUL by HubertG
I just came across this one: "Francois Menard" a velvety crimson globular tea from 1892.
Sangerhausen's description: "
Ménard, François (tea) Tesnier 1892; crimson, centre velvety cherry, very large, very double, globular, floriferous, thick smooth branches, growth 6/10, bushy, short."

I haven't researched it at all yet - no initial mention of fragrance either - but I thought it might be interesting to look at it as a contender for "Francis Dubreuil" considering too they are both a Francois (well nearly).
Reply #33 of 41 posted 29 JUL by HubertG
Here's my translation of the description of Francois Menard in the Rosen-Zeitung (from German, which would have been originally from French):

François Ménard (Tea). Shrub low, very vigorous, bushy, fairly smooth and thick-wooded, beautiful dark green foliage; bud very thick on a firm stem, flower very large, very double, globular, beautifully held; beautiful crimson red, centre cherry red blending to velvety crimson, choice, floriferous. (originates from a seedling).

Not sure about the "smooth" wood, if it fits "FD", and although the colour is crimson, that might not necessarily be a dark crimson. No mention of fragrance.
Reply #34 of 41 posted 29 JUL by true-blue
Hubert, I sifted through my Journal des Roses/Amis des Rose, couldn't find anything tangible.
I checked the L'Haÿ's site, nada.

I found this in Page 42 of Dingee and Conard, 1898

Francois Menard.—New, crimson red, passing to purple.
Reply #35 of 41 posted 29 JUL by true-blue
I found this to in
Journal of Horticulture and Practical Gardening, Volume 26, page 288, March 22, 1892

New French roses
15, François Ménard (Tesnier) - Crimson red, centre cherry red, passing into velvety crimson. Very large, very full, globular firm stem.

Link is :énard%22&source=bl&ots=_Dil-Ncm9U&sig=W0tv7tp-kSoSpN2ry0yeA73z0Sw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiWjvDUzsTcAhUvVt8KHTY5Ajo4ChDoATAAegQIARAB#v=onepage&q=rose%20%22Francois%20Ménard%22&f=false
Reply #36 of 41 posted 30 JUL by HubertG
True-Blue It looks like Francois Menard never really caught on anywhere. Of course if the rose sold as Francis Dubreuil came from Sangerhausen, it could be any obscure rose from that collection, so doesn't necessarily rule out Francois Menard, but some aspects of FM seem to fit and others don't. If only 'Marion Dingee' came with a description of scent...
Reply #37 of 41 posted 6 AUG by HubertG
Here's another contender to consider: Mme. Rivoy. Dingees class it among their Tea Roses in 1897 but say it is an old variety and has HP characteristics. From their catalogue:

"MADAME RIVOY.* Looks like a Hybrid Perpetual in Flower and Foliage. Is Hardy. In this grand old variety we have a Rose of no ordinary excellence. It is entitled to a place among Ever-blooming Roses equal to that which General Jacqueminot takes among Hybrid Perpetuals. Indeed it is not unlike a Hybrid Perpetual in the extra-large, full and loosely-formed double flowers, enchanting fragrance, intensity of color, large handsome foliage, and extreme vigor of growth ; it is hardy with slight protection, a quick, constant and profuse bloomer, and for outdoor culture cannot be excelled by any Rose of its color. The flowers are produced in wonderful abundance upon long stiff stems, and in color may be described as a rich crimson scarlet; very bright and effective. We doubt if any of our customers have ever seen this lovely Rose, and it is for their benefit, that all may secure one of the finest and best Roses grown, that we call special attention to it by our truthful illustration."

They include an illustration which isn't totally incompatible with "FD".
I don't know if it was in the Sangerhausen collection.
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Initial post 23 MAR 16 by drossb1986
I have mixed feelings on Twilight Zone. From what I had read, it should be an all-star. However, I haven't found it to be the case. TZ has been resistant to disease so far, and it has been very healthy. The bush has bloomed a lot, but the coloring of my bush doesn't seem to match what I frequently see photos of. I don't get the dusky, dark purple. Mine always turn out more of a brighter purple. While the blooms smell lovely, they don't seem to last that long on the plant. One day the rose looks nice on the bush, and the next day the ground is littered with petals. I'm hoping I'm happier with TZ when it grows and fills out more, but right now I'm on the fence with it. I may be in the minority on it, however.

August 2016 Update: TZ is not a rose for hot, sunny days in Texas. The blooms fry to a crisp in anything above 90 degrees. That doesn't mean TZ doesn't try to bloom in the heat, but they just don't survive. I've also found the growth habit of TZ to be strange and leggy, flopping over into other bushes nearby. Although, it's been 100% clean and healthy with no disease issues. I don't plan on shovel-pruning it this year, but I don't think I would purchase this rose again hindsight being 20/20.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 28 APR 17 by Plazbo
I'm in the same boat. It doesn't seem to live up to the hype. I don't find it to be a significant improvement over Ebb Tide, it (TZ) has more petals but that's a preference that isn't universal, other than that though I find the fragrance and colour of Ebb Tide to be better.

It's not a bad rose but with Ebb Tide (probably it's main competition given the unusual qualities are mostly shared) being readily available I'd always pick it over TZ.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 24 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Fantastic reviews. THANK YOU. So glad I didn't buy Twilight zone, although I was tempted. A friend in my zone 5a informed me that GRAFTED Twilight zone died to the crown (only root survives) through our winter. Hers was grafted on Dr. Huey.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 14 JUL 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Bought Twilight-Zone as OWN-ROOT. Survived 1st zone 5a winter. Bush-shape is round & full & less-thorn. Deep-purple in my alkaline clay. Very healthy but light clove scent. Blooms well in partial shade. 2nd year, the scent improves with acidic rain, and it's finally pleasant to sniff.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 11 AUG by Nola Z5
I planted two Twilight Zone bushes here in zone 5a, one in 2015 and one in 2017 that I purchased from a local hardware store. I don't know if they're own root or grafted but they both have done wonderfully through our winters in southern Wisconsin. I mound with mushroom compost and then mulch after the first hard frost. They bloom very well in the spring and scattered blooms throughout the summer, and now in August, another very prolific flush. The color is a deep purple and the fragrance is a wonderful clove. Minimal BS in the fall. This is a rose I would definitely have to have in my garden. It's beautiful right next to Lady of Shalott.
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Initial post 1 FEB 17 by JasonSims1984
How does the scent of the leaves compare to the original sweetbiar (in terms of strength)?
Reply #1 of 12 posted 6 FEB 17 by Rupert, Kim L.
From my experience, there is little scent to the Buck rose's foliage, while Eglanteria can carry many feet on the air under the right conditions. The scented foliage is one of the reasons I grew Apple Jack.
Reply #2 of 12 posted 11 FEB 17 by JasonSims1984
I wonder if there is a way to get a continuous flowering sweetbriar.

Beggeriana supposedly is weakly remontant, as is agrestis. They both supposedly carry the sweetbriar scent.

Maybe use a fragrant foliage bourbon like Gloire de Rosomanes or Grandma's Hat to cross with Rubiginosa and toss Magnifica into the mix and just aggresively inbreed them.
Reply #3 of 12 posted 11 FEB 17 by Rupert, Kim L.
Eventually, you probably could get repeat. Who knows what (if anything) the foliage might smell like; what the flowers would look like or how healthy it might be?
Reply #4 of 12 posted 26 JUL by Michael Garhart
One could probably do something like this:

[(Modern tetraploid x (Rosa glutinosa x modern tetraploid)) x (Rosa glutinosa x modern tetraploid)]

Then self if required, even if 1-3 generations. Would highly suggest very powdery mildew selections of modern tetraploid. Like the moss roses, the rose can be highly resistant to powdery mildew, but the soft mossing (or the fragrant fuzz on the foliage) can get powdery mildew. Would also suggest the modern tetraploids to be quite short and recurrent.

This type of project would take 10-20 yrs to complete.
Reply #5 of 12 posted 26 JUL by JasonSims1984
Hehe. Rinse and repeat!
Reply #6 of 12 posted 26 JUL by Rupert, Kim L.
I would substitute the tetraploids with fertile triploids to increase the chances of picking up more of the foliage traits you're after. I've had a number of roses which wouldn't cooperate with tetras work quite remarkably with triploids. They've been so cooperative, I go to them first and then to the tetras when I have extra pollen or don't mind having the efforts have greater chances of being "in vain".
Reply #7 of 12 posted 28 JUL by Plazbo
R. glutinosa has the canina meiosis doesn't it? That may add to the complexity of the situation, especially if it's like R. rubiginosa in that the foilage fragrance is passed via seed (at least until the canina meiosis is broken)
Reply #8 of 12 posted 28 JUL by Michael Garhart
It takes 2 generations to break the meiosis. I've done it many times. Foliage is easy to retain.

The caninae clan has been doing wonders at cleaning up wood. A lot of commercial roses get a lot of diseased wood in our very wet, cold winters. The caninae clan cleans it up very swiftly, which is nice. Same for lesser spot diseases (like cercospora) that show up in very early spring months.

The downside is that most of the caninae clan has climbing genetics. Specifically, throwing climbing basals in August/September/October, but not in the early warm season. Rosa glutinosa avoids this hassle, but it's much more prickly that most of the others. Much like rugosa prickles.
Reply #10 of 12 posted 29 JUL by Plazbo
Is it consistent?

I'm in early days of breeding with various R. rubiginosa derivatives (and seed collected from feral plants...could be species could be hybrids to some extent). Have a lot of seedlings from Lord Penzance growing at the moment (it's almost as if every seed germinated) with various classes so if the breakdown is fairly consistent it may mean this generation may be free of canina chromosome oddities (but not be reblooming......although some f1 foetida are unexplained rebloomers so a weird fluke could happen)....I need to think about that and if it changes anything, was just going to breed them with themselves until a rebloomer turned up...possibly test it with some (slightly) glandular moderns as seed parent.
Reply #11 of 12 posted 6 AUG by Michael Garhart
Summer Wind has Applejack's scent, but its only on the buds. Its an everblooming shrub type -- probably tetraploid (behaves and breeds like one -- never microscoped the pollen), so that could probably lessen the vast amount of years of such a project.

Rubiginosa will not just fully germinate, but the birds will spread it far and wide. Be careful. It's a weed. I have seen it wild in Montana and Idaho. In one mountain pass of Idaho, through the state forest highway heading towards Montana, you can see both Rosa rubiginosa and Ros foetida in rock cliffs where soil collects. Rosa canina is wild here in Oregon where I live. It can be found for about a 50 mile radius.

So ya gotta be careful with them.

Is cercospora resistance consistent in breeding? It has been with Rosa canina. Probably with glutinosa, but I need more to see a wide extent. I dont know with Rosa rubiginosa, because I abandoned it very quickly. It had to many cons vs. pros to justify the years required for species breeding.
Reply #9 of 12 posted 28 JUL by Plazbo
There would be. I mean Raddlers Alaska reportedly contains some of the foliage scent (to what extent I don't know, it's not here but wish it were) on a far more modern repeating plant. Which would come from Applejack (so maybe not as strong as a real sweetbriar) given many of his plants heavily feature Applejack in their pedigree (via his own crosses with Applejack and via Carefree Beauty) and Applejack traces back to Magnifica (which appears to have passed some of the related rubiginosa genes via pollen).

So there is some evidence that it's possible. What we have may not be the best results possible but that's not surprising when the goal of the breeding's (Applejack reportedly has vertical resistance to some strains of blackspot, would assume this is why it was used a lot in the early crosses by Raddler. Applejack appears to be a chance result of combining two Magnifica derivatives, but apparently goldbusch can pass on foliage scent).

I suspect the biggest issue in using moderns on this front will be that moderns for the most part have been increasingly selected for shiny foliage which is probably going to trap the scent or prevent it from being as free as it is in the species....but that's possible down to selection and can be worked with.
Reply #12 of 12 posted 6 AUG by JasonSims1984
A ton of roses have fragrant foliage. Foetida and eglanteria are not the only ones. There is such a neat world to work with.

Fedtschenkoana is a gem. I love it. It's so thorny but it's great. A lot of the biggest breaks come from lines where the competition pressure is low.

It's like getting a community college education at 35. People will support you at not hate you. Lol. You think it's the other way around but it's not. You're supposed to be
a successful surgeon but who gives a hoot? You can be a successful drag queen. Hehe.

Wait.....which pills did I take and which ones are kicking in? Is this the rose forum?

Oh. Yeah. Rosa fedschenkoana. That's my recommendation. Applejack, goldbusch(its parent), fedt, golden angel(a fragrant yellow used in miniature breeding) and moss roses. Just mix it up. There's a californifica crossed with a fragrant yellow that has fragrant leaves. Just keep doing your research on those mosses and fragrances.

It will all snap together, and keep introducing new blood into your lines. Applejack is fine to carry in but don't rely on it 4 and 5 generations in. It will just lose its influence. I think Salet and William Lobb, and reblooming mosses will carry a project further mixed with wild eglanterias.

Get Autumn Damask for sure to cross to eglanteria and mosses to keep a common ground.

I'm going to make some rugosa x moschata, and some (rugosa x bracteta) x moschata. They will be invasive and remontant as hell for sure. That would be a good skeleton.
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