'Evergreen Gem' rose References
Book (Apr 1999) Page(s) 303.
Evergreen Gem Wichuraiana. Horvath/Manda & Pitcher, 1898. Rosa wichuraiana x 'Mme. Hoste' (Tea)... buff-yellow flowers... a rich sweet-briar fragrance... Buff-yellow to white... small clusters... hardy... Good ground-cover
Article (misc) (2 Mar 1945) Page(s) 169.
Some of the Wichuraiana varieties which had been improperly credited to W.A. Manda were rather the result of [M.H. Horvath's] efforts... for example Evergreen Gem and 'Universal Favorite'...
Magazine (Dec 1939) Page(s) 103-104. Vol 3, No. 6.
In a letter written to Secretary Hatton on August 16, 1939, Mr. Horvath, who had in the meantime looked up his old records, wrote thus:
"It was not in New Jersey where I was employed by the firm of Pitcher & Manda (also known as United States Nurseries) but after leaving P. & M., from where I went to Newport, R. I., that the birth of the Wichuraiana hybrids occurred. It was while I was absent from Newport, leaving my plants in charge of V. Vanicek, a friend of W. A. Manda, that the original hybrid plants were given to him, thus finding their way into commerce. Corrections may now be made, because I have found the record of the missing pollinate parent of the two pink hybrids. R. Wichuraiana X Agrippina gave two crosses, including Pink Roamer and South Orange Perfection. Two others, Manda's Triumph and Universal Favorite, resulted from crossing R. Wichuraiana X Paquerette, a small imbricate-petaled dwarf white Polyantha. Evergreen Gem is R. Wichuraiana X Maréchal Niel, and an old plant of this, I believe, is still growing on the back fence of my former home at Glenville, Ohio. It was there, incidentally, that one of the Barbier boys got his first lesson on Wichuraiana hybridization."
Book (1936) Page(s) 247.
Evergreen Gem (hybrid wichurana) Manda 1899; R. Wich. X M. Hoste; tan-yellow, fades to white, medium size, double, fine form, lasting, small clusters, fragrance 6/10, strong stems, growth 5/10, climbing.
Book (1936) Page(s) 293.
Gem, Evergreen (hybrid wichurana) Manda 1899; R. Wich. X Mme. Hoste; white to yellowish white, 5-7 cm, double, lasting, fragrance 5/10, growth 8/10, climbing, 3 m.
Website/Catalog (1913) Page(s) 58.
Wichuraiana Hybrid Roses
The buds of the Evergreen Gem Rose are buff, but open white, with a fragrance like the Sweetbrier. They come in clusters, the individual flowers being double, 2 or 3 inches across, and remaining upon the stems for a long time. This is one of the most vigorous climbers, and the dense, enchanting foliage of bronze-green causes it to be much sought for use in "planting out" unsightly objects. The plant puts forth leaves very early in the season, and they endure until after heavy frosts and often well into the winter. From this characteristic the variety secures its name, and this distinctive feature seems to be more marked in this variety than in other members of the Wichuraiana family. On this account it is valuable for planting as a screen- the foliage offering a pleasing contrast to the otherwise barren garden or lawn.
Magazine (3 Jun 1911) Page(s) 266.
The Parentage of Roses.
The following list of the world's Roses and their parentage has been compiled by Mr. Robert Daniel, 38 Russell Road. Fishponds, Bristol, and by his kind permission we are enabled to publish it...
Evergreen Gem... Hybrid Wichuraiana, Manda, 1899, R. wichuraiana X Mme. Hoste
Book (1911) Page(s) 65.
The Wichuraiana Hybrids.
The following list includes most of the best Wichuraiana Roses to date (1910):
Evergreen Gem. -- This Rose has a pleasant Sweet-briar perfume, with double flowers of buff and white. It is an early bloomer.
Book (1910) Page(s) 262.
Evergreen Gem Wichuraiana: foliage of great beauty, of a fine bronzy colour. Flowers buff changing to white. This variety, like most of the group, is well adapted for Weeping Standards. They quickly form beautiful and graceful objects for the lawn or drive.
Book (1908) Page(s) 67.
Evergreen Gem. Manda, 1900. Buff changing to white, double.