'Tropicana' rose References
Article (magazine) (1988) Page(s) 26.
[Colour description according to the CIELAB colour space (petal inside): L* = Lightness, a* = red-green axis, b* = yellow-blue axis]
'Super Star' (Tantau, 60; salmon-orange-red), L* 51-55, a* 56-58, b* 48-55
Book (1988) Page(s) 149. Includes photo(s).
Super Star Description... some susceptibility to mildew...
Book (1985) Page(s) 119.
Super Star The genealogy of Super Star, as explained by Mathias Tantau to Jack Harkness, is set out on p. 119.
Book (8 Mar 1970) Page(s) 125.
Super Star [One of Harry Wheatcroft's selections of the Best Hybrid Teas.] Description... intense light-bright vermilion... flowering as freely off side-shoots as off basal stems... Bagatelle Gold Medal 1960...
Book (8 Mar 1970) Page(s) 23-24.
The big four [roses of Harry Wheatcroft's] time: 'Peace', 'Queen Elizabeth', 'Fragrant Cloud' and 'Super Star'... sparkling salmon-vermilion... [Mathias Tantau told Wheatcroft:] "My father began this particular cross twenty years ago. Over the years, we have raised 100,000 seedlings carrying this strain -- and had to discard them all. Now we have just these three..." [seven years later, Wheatcroft exhibited 'Super Star' to the world at his stand at the Royal Horticultural Show at Chelsea.]... Mathias wanted to call it 'Ilse Tantau', after his wife... [Wheatcroft suggested the name 'Super Star'.]
Book (1970) Page(s) 153.
Mr. J. Henshaw, Heidelberg, Victoria. The New Ones.
'Zorina'.....flowers of a 'Super Star' shade but the overall colour is softer.
Book (1968) Page(s) 140.
G. Dawson, Ferntree Gully, Victoria. A Comparison.
In 1959 a rose called 'El Capitan' ('Charlotte Armstrong' x 'Floradora'), raised by H. Swim was introduced into Australia in a quiet way without much publicity. A year later 'Super Star' was available here for the first time and was heralded as the rose of the century with many superlative adjectives. I grow both of these varieties for cut flowers and can make an interesting comparison. Without doubt 'Super Star' is the most admired rose in my garden. It is everything that has ever been said about it, and a great deal more that has not been said about it. We were never told that it was almost impossible to keep it clean from mildew and that it has an ugly sprawling habit of growth, covered with as many "super" sharp thorns as it is possible to fit on to its stems. I never cut flowers from these bushes without losing either flesh or clothing. 'Super Star' starts to bloom in the Spring after most other cultivars have finished their first crop, and it is one of the first to stop in the Autumn. Many of the early Spring blooms are malformed and not worth picking. In contrast, 'El Capitan' begins blooming early about three to four weeks before 'Super Star', and continues to flower until late Autumn, producing at least four times more flowers in a season than 'Super Star'. 'El Capitan's blooms are produced on long stems which are almost thornless. A bush of 'El Capitan' is a thing of beauty, being very upright in growth and covered with its disease-free shining dark green foliage. Despite the eye-catching colour of 'Super Star,' I am unable to satisfy the great demand for 'El Capitan' as a cut flower. It is amazing to me that such a masterpiece as 'El Capitan' could hold its place in nursery catalogues for only a few short years, yet 'Super Star' with its many faults is rated so highly.....
Book (1968) Page(s) 155.
Dr. A. S. Thomas. New Roses in Victoria.
'Constanza' [is] darker than 'Super Star' but with less petals.
137. Alex Ross, South Australia. Our Twelve Best Sellers.
The next on our list is Super Star, a well-shaped bloom of Dutch vermilion, and one of the best keeping roses when cut. The colour lasts until the petals fall and the only variation is in very warm weather, when the blooms assume a slightly darker shade. Although roughly in the same colour group as the previous ['Duftwolke'] variety, the sales show that there is room for both in our dozen.
p175. S. Brundrett & Sons, Victoria. New Roses. (advertisement)
'Princess'....like a refined 'Super Star'.
p113. Dr. A. S. Thomas. New Roses in Victoria.
'As compared with 'Super Star', 'Princesse' is a little darker and more orange.
p122. Roy and Heather Rumsey, Dural NSW. Our Twelve Best Sellers.
Super Star This variety is where everybody expects it to be, right at the top of the list. We are quite sure it is the colour that primarily sells this variety, but it also has fragrance, and there is not the slightest doubt that it will grow anywhere. We sometimes wish it was a better shaped plant especially in the nursery stage, but all in all, we think this rose deserves the position it occupies.