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'General MacArthur' rose References
Website/Catalog  (1936)  Page(s) 8.  
 
General MacArthur Hybrid Tea. E.G. Hill Co. 1905.
Book  (1936)  Page(s) 439.  
 
MacArthur, General (HT) E. G. Hill 1904; glossy and bright scarlet, large, 3/4-full, cupped to flat, fine form, solitary or up to 5, fragrance 7/10, continuous bloom with interruptions, long stems, growth 6/10, upright, bushy. Sangerhausen
Book  (1935)  
 
p45. General McArthur (H.T.) The E. G. Hill Co., 1905. Bright scarlet crimson. Vigorous. Garden, bedding, standard, town. A fine bedding rose. Very fragrant. Does not mind wet. Prune 4 or 38 (b)
Website/Catalog  (1934)  Page(s) 114.  
 
Général Mac Arthur (HT) (E.G. Hill, 1905) Altrettanto celebre quanto la Frau K. Druschki, è tra le più coltivate perché sempre abbondantemente in fiore e pel suo rosso scarlatto brillante.
Book  (1932)  
 
p27-2 Mrs. H. R. Darlington. Roses in Sun and Rain. My experience with them is that they dislike very cold weather more than they do the rain. The early flowers of Richmond, General McArthur and Hugh Dickson often come a pale carmine instead of a true crimson.
Book  (1931)  Page(s) 146.  
 
E. Gurney Hill. My Lifetime With Roses. It was about 1905 that I had the good fortune to originate 'General MacArthur' and 'Richmond', which undoubtedly started the line of great red roses we now have. I think that 'General MacArthur' had 'Gruss an Teplitz' as a parent on one side, but I am not at all positive about it. In the early days I was so anxious to produce varieties of value from the crosses I made that I confess I did not keep records as I should have done.
Book  (1931)  
 
p81-1 Alick Ross. Rose Growing in the Adelaide Hills. ....although with us General McArthur has never justified its claim as a popular favourite, being completely outclassed by Mrs. Edward Powell, which invariably gives much better results.
Book  (1931)  
 
p136-1 Rev. H. Baird Turner. Swindon. ....He reads of a Rose that is described as an “improved General McArthur.” Now McArthur is a first favourite – has been so for many years – then what must an “improved” McArthur be? What glories of colour and fragrance! Absolutely irresistible !
Book  (1930)  
 
p33-6 H. R. Darlington. Some Roses of the Years 1924-1927. This little [preceding] group of crimson roses is a decided, if small, advance, because they do not go “blue” as do, for instance, Richmond and General MacArthur, but none of them is the equal of Richmond in freedom of flower, though all three flower at fairly short intervals through the season.

p36-2 Alister Clark. ....and General MacArthur were very fine.
Book  (1929)  
 
p101-1 H. R. Darlington. Twenty Four Roses for General Garden Cultivation. ....I have two beds.....I prune early in the pruning season, and the other late, so that one bed may succeed the other and fill in the gap.

p107-2. Twenty Four Roses for General Garden Cultivation. General McArthur. H.T. E. G. Hill Co., 1905. Eleven votes. The plant makes a strong, well-balanced bush of vigorous habit with strong foliage, slightly glossy, which is not subject to fungoid disease. During its flowering periods the crimson blooms are produced in quantity, and there may be three and sometimes four flowering periods during the season, but between these periods the bed is usually flowerless, and it is, therefore, not continuous. Some, however, prefer a Rose that will give a good display at intervals to one that is more continuous but gives fewer flowers at anyone time. The decorative value of the flowers is high, provided they are picked young and have been disbudded, and are thus presented before they have been affected by the sun. If cut from good stems they continue to grow in water. The fragrance is strong, and of the true old Rose character, and this is a great point in favour of this Rose. The flowers are rather thin, with short centre petals, so that they open to a flat and confused centre, wanting. in form. There is also an element of blue in the flower, which is rapidly developed by hot sunshine (Mr. Glassford says they remind him of red cabbage in vinegar, which is scarcely an exaggeration), so that in a warm Summer the August flowering is disappointing. The flowers, however, are not much affected by rain, and it is therefore best in its early and late flowering periods. There seems little doubt that this Rose is best on rather stiff and heavy soils, preferably those with some iron in them. The defects of this Rose are obvious. Its tendency to blue, the poor shape of the open flower and the length of the flowerless periods, but, in spite of these, its real merits have caused it to retain its popularity far beyond the life of most Roses. Its fine and vigorous constitution and strong growth which enables it to put up with some ill treatment, its good habit, its glorious scent, and its profusion when in flower, are qualities which enable it to hold its own, and though some of my friends suggest that it has been superseded, I know of nothing that in its own sphere has yet surpassed it. General McArthur makes a good standard.

p185-6 F. S. Harvey Cant. Roses as Standards. General MacArthur. [included in a list of] Small Flowered.

p221-3 ....damask perfume

p238-3 ...good seed bearer
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