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'James Mason' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 114-913
most recent 15 JAN 19 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 15 JAN 19 by StefanDC
In my garden near Washington, DC, this rose is not as free from black spot as it seems to be for some others, although it is still a rather tough and vigorous survivor. The flower color is fairly rich, but I am disappointed in the faint fragrance (I don't understand how this variety could ever be noted as having a strong fragrance, and I have a pretty sensitive nose.) It is a fairly tall plant and is armed with strong prickles relative to its gallica relatives. I have never seen fall color develop on its foliage here. All in all, I would characterize this as a sturdy shrub best suited to providing early summer color in a large garden space, with plenty of other companion plants to provide interest when it isn't in bloom.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 15 JAN 19 by Patricia Routley
And certainly don’t put it in on its own roots. Mine was purchased in 2008 and was supposed to be on multiflora rootstock. It obviously wasn’t.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 15 JAN 19 by StefanDC
Absolutely--if you can get it grafted (and live in a place where permanently grafted roses work), that's the way to go to avoid suckering. My 'James Mason' has been just moderately spreading by suckering in heavy soil. Around here, suckering is a behavior that I quickly learned to tolerate and even encourage because it serves to keep many roses from dying out entirely; leaving graft unions exposed above the soil line in our area can be a death sentence due to stem girdler (bronze cane borer) and canker diseases.
Discussion id : 65-467
most recent 30 JUN 12 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 30 JUN 12 by Leene
This rose is a very vigorous grower in my climate but unfortunately suffers badly from aphid and other insect damage in spite of frequent sprayings with insecticidal soap. None of the other roses in my garden have showed so much damage. This year it produced five buds and dropped them all. I hope that it does better next year!
Discussion id : 37-381
most recent 20 JUN 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 20 JUN 09 by DaveJ
Available from - Scott, Fredericton NB Canada
Discussion id : 37-036
most recent 9 JUN 09 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 7 JUN 09 by Lucretia
This rose is in its second year, and it's rapidly becoming a favorite. Very vigorous, healthy without spray, supplemental water, or any special treatment. And covered with brilliant red blooms.

A lovely, lovely rose.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 8 JUN 09 by Margaret Furness
But it will sucker if grown on its own roots.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 9 JUN 09 by Palustris
Yes, it suckers quite well. Mine after a decade has provided me with a "wall" of roses as it spreads sideways. It is a spectacular rose and an outstanding landscape shrub able to hold its own with other woody landscape shrubs and perennials.
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