'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 (Dec 1998) Page(s) 59.
R. soulieana. White. This tall shrub is capable of growing up to 15 ft (5 m) in good conditions. Its relaxed habit also provides it with a very broad girth. The long grayish green stems are covered with an armature of long and slender, sharp yellowish prickles and the leaves, plentiful and soft grayish green, are made up of seven to nine leaflets, which are broadly elliptical, sharply serrated and slightly downy to touch. The flowers, about one and a half inches (4 cm) across are single, white and fragrant and borne in tightly packed corymbs along the arching branches in mid-summer. They are quite a sight when a mature plant is in full flush. A great abundance of small round orange hips follow. R. soulieana is probably best in climates where severe frosts are not a regular occurrence. Zones 4-10. China 1896. Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.
Book (Mar 1998) Page(s) 12.
R. soulieana commemorates the French priest, Father Soulié
Book (Nov 1994) Page(s) 93.
Western China. Although this species was introduced as long ago as 1896, it is still a rare plant in cultivation. It belongs to the entirely separate botanical group of Synstylae, all the others of which are great climbers, like Rosa brunonii; but as R. soulieana is a grey-leaved shrub, it fits best here horticulturally. In common with R. fedtschenkoana, R. murieliae and R. beggeriana, it has considerable value in the artistry of the garden. It is a large-growing rose of arching, sprawling habit, and possibly its scarcity in gardens is due to its size, for it can grow to 10 feet or so eventually, mounding itself up, and has an equal spread. I could take more interest in the beauty of the young grey stems set with yellowish prickles if the latter were not so numerous. Be this as it may, nobody can deny that the general effect is charming; the leaves are of cool, greyish green, usually with 7 leaflets, and the inch-wide white flowers are carried in bunches of several, emerging from ivory-yellow buds. When the crop of flowers is half open the plants are of extraordinary beauty, only equalled a few days later when the whole thing disappears under a snowy covering of petals, giving a rich, fruity fragrance. In the white garden at Kiftsgate Court, Gloucestershire, it is of outstanding merit. It has a further unusual attraction, for the heps, which are small and round, are orange, not red, a tint which combines well with the deeper grey-green of late summer and early autumn. It is not absolutely hardy; I have had strong growths of the summer killed to the ground by autumn frost, but it soon recovers, and I think it becomes hardier when its excessive early vigour has somewhat spent itself.
Willmott. Plate 57
Botanical Magazine t.8158. Rather too yellow
Lancaster: Plate, page 351
p219. (Listed in the Synstylae chapter). A Chinese species with greyish leaves and white flowers, and bushy growth. Described in Chapter 5, as it is more of a shrub than a climber - though it can produced shoots 12 to 15 feet long in a season when established.
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 (1992) Page(s) 312.
R. soulieana. China 1896. A vigorous, dense shrub with thin, arching branches bearing grey-green, rather fluffy foliage and numerous small spines. Single white flowers, produced in trusses, followed by bunches of oval, orange-red hips. Summer flowering only. Tolerant of poor soils. Ornamental fruit. Suitable for woodland and covert planting. Tolerant to shade. Suggested for growing adjacent to water. 10’x 6’
Book (1988) Page(s) 215. Includes photo(s).
R. soulieana. Crep. A dainty climber up to 4 m. with lax shoots and numerous curved pale prickles. Leaves pale bluish green or greyish; leaflets 7-9 oval or obovate, rounded at the apex, up to 2.5 cm long, glabrous except for the midrib beneath. Flowers yellow in bud, fading to white on opening. 3.75 cm across, in small corymbs up to 15 cm across. Pedicels and receptacle glandular. Fruit orange red, oval, 1.2 cm long. Native of western China, in western Sichuan, where it grows on rocky hillsides. It was discovered by the French missionary Abbé Soulie and sent back to France in 1895. Distinct in its greyish, rounded, rather small leaflets, and later flowering compared with R. brunonii, usually in July.
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