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'Auguste Roussel' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 116-869
most recent 2 JUN 19 SHOW ALL
Initial post 24 MAY 19 by Les Racines du Vent
It's unfortunate in my opinion that this rose is not planted more often, or planted at all actually. Its beauty is an astonishing grace. One that lasts for 3 days, sure, but isn't it what makes it so precious, this ephemeral amazement?
Anyway. I would disagree though with it being "very hardy" as stated in the description. Here in zone 5 b with some years 5a and very little snow cover, it does quite poorly and is damaged by the frost.
Reply #1 of 3 posted 24 MAY 19 by Nastarana
R. macrophylla is a wild rose from the Punjab and the other parent being a tea, I doubt AR would be hardy colder than zone 6, if that. I am surprised it is growing at all in zone 5.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 2 JUN 19 by Les Racines du Vent
in the garden, it dies back to ground level every winter. Then sprouts again. But it therefore never bloomed outdoors. The ones I have in containers at the nursery spend the winter in the greenhouse and withstood -15'C with no damage at all. But in the greenhouse.
It might be a higher altitude clone of Rosa macrophylla or, I wonder, wether it actually is Rosa davidii, hardier than the latter. For two reasons: Rosa macrophylla in european gardens is most the time actually Rosa davidii. Second, the difference between macrophylla and davidii lies mostly in the number of flowers per inflorescence, davidii higher than macrophylla. Auguste Roussel shows here up to 7 flowers per inflorescence which could indicate a Rosa davidii heritage. I am not familiar with tea roses at all so I don't really comprehend the other parent influence though. Just an overall impression and guess
Reply #2 of 3 posted 24 MAY 19 by jedmar
The "very hardy" was based on a reference from 1936. We have changed it to hardy based on Zone 6b, until further notice.
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