'R. soulieana' rose References
Book (May 2003)
Rosa soulierana Crépin [Description condensed]
Erect shrub 6.5 - 13 feet tall [2-4 m]; scattered prickles; leaves have 7 leaflets, maybe 5 or 9 and are oval; numerous single white flowers that are yellow-white, slightly longer than the stamens. Hips are orange-red, turning black-purple, round or oval.
Four variants are recognized:
microphylla leaflets small
sungpanensis leaflets large, flowers in panicle, from N. Sichuan
soulieana leaflets smooth, flowers in corymbs, from shrub slopes at high altitudes above 8200 ft [2500 m]
yunnanensis leaflets pubescent beneath, flowers in corymbs
Article (magazine) (2001) Page(s) 393.
R. soulieana Crép. Ploidy 2x
Pollen fertility 91.3%
Selfed Fruit set 0%
Book (Mar 1998) Page(s) 12.
R. soulieana commemorates the French priest, Father Soulié
Book (1993) Page(s) 78-79. Includes photo(s).
[Listed under "Wild Roses and Their Cultivars"] Description. Native of western Sichuan where it grows on rocky hillsides. Flowers in late summer. Height: 18 ft. Scented.
Book (1981) Page(s) 141-142.
R. soulieana Crép. A very robust shrub, up to 10 or 12 ft high...Shoots 10 to 12 ft long are made in ayear on young, vigorous plant; formidably armed with pale spines, which are compressed, decurved, scattered...Leaves...grey-green...seven or nine leaflets...oval...glabrous on both surfaces except for the midrib...Flowers yellow in bud, opening white...abundantly in July on branching corymbs...to 6 in. across...Native to W. China; discovered by the French missionary Soulié in W. Szechwan and introduced by him to the Vilmorin collection at Les Barres about 1895....A plant was sent to Kew by Maurice de Vilmorin in 1899, the year in which the seedlings first flowered. ....distinct in its strongly armed stems, small, greyeish leaflets and broad stipules....One of the most rbust of all roses....well-adapted to the wild garden, where it can have unlimited room and never be touched by the knife.
Article (misc) (1950) Page(s) 113.
R. soulieana a climber, abundant in the valleys of the highlands of Western China, is of worth for its foliage and deliciously fragrant white flowers
Book (1937) Page(s) 78.
Soulicana Crép. (synst. - Asiatic) [ploidy] 14
Magazine (1907) Page(s) Tab 8158.
Rosa Souieana Crépin is one of the most desirable of the single white roses, both in flower and fruit. Kew received it from Messrs de Vilmorin in 1899....A very robust species of suberect habit, forming bushes at least 8 ft. high and as much through, armed with curved prickles or with straight ones in the barren braches. Leaves pale-green, usually with sevel leaflets...Flowers ivory-white, about 1½ in. across, very numerous, in compound, dense, terminal corymbs...Fruits orange-vermilion, ovoid or nearly globose, a little over ½ in....One of the most vigorous of all Roses, this new Chinese species is, in consequence, better adapted for semi-wild places....On young plants the growths of a single year are sometimes 10 feet to 12 feet long. In June, when its numerous cluster of white flowers are open, it is very beautiful, as it is again in autumn, when the clusters of small fruits have turned to a soft red. But apart from theses, the luxuriant mass of smooth grey foliage out of which are shrust the long, arching shoots of the year, is in itself attractive.
Magazine (1905) Page(s) 89.
New Garden Plants of the Year 1904.
Rosa souliana (Frut. Vilm. 1904, 85, f.) H.[hardy] A rather late flowering species. It forms a large bush, the flowering branches having medium-sized leaves with 7-9 oval minutely toother leaflets. Inflorescence umbellate, usually many-flowered. Flowers medium-sized, white. Fruits small, orange-coloured. West China. (M. L. de Vilmorin, Les Barres, France.)