'Chianti' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Helena Verghese Borg
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Mauve or mauve blend Shrub.Registration name: AUSwineExhibition name:
Shrub. English Rose Collection.
Mauve or purple blend. Strong, old rose fragrance. 50 to 70 petals. Average diameter 3". Double (17-25 petals), cupped bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Height of 5' to 8' (150 to 245 cm). Width of 5' to 8' (150 to 245 cm).
USDA zone 5b through 10b. Shade tolerant. Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew. Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that. Prune lightly until this rose gets established (about two years), then prune it back by about a third..
says this rose has Gallica-like rosettes of deep crimson which turn with age to a beautiful purplish-maroon...
One of the early products of David Austin's breeding program. Modern Roses 10 says that it is repeat-blooming, but Austin says that it is once-blooming.
The Plant Science Dept. of the Nova Scotia Agriculture College evaluated 58 English Roses to assess their hardiness and disease-resistance. Their results can be found at: http://www.nsac.ns.ca/nsac/ps/annual96/mapple.htm. Chianti was found to be winter hardy.
Differences of opinion about parentage, see References.