'Francis Dubreuil' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Kim Rupert
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Dark red Tea.
Registration name: Francis Dubreuil
Exhibition name: Francis Dubreuil
Crimson, purple shading. Crooked stalks. Mild to strong, apple, opinions vary fragrance. Small to medium, very double, borne mostly solitary, cupped, nodding or "weak neck" bloom form. Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season. Long buds.
Upright, well-branched. Dark green foliage.
Height of 8' to 9' (245 to 275 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).
Most likely, All plants of 'Francis Dubreuil' in the United States are in fact, 'Barcelona' - see.
Said to have been very similar to 'Souvenir de Thérèse Levet'- see References.
Pierre Guillot believed 'Francis Dubreuil' to be a descendant of 'Souvenir de David d'Angers'. - see References.
Budwood from the Sangerhausen "Francis Dubreuil" was supplied to Peter Beales' nursery in the UK in the late 1970s / early 1980s
From Kim Rupert:
The origin of the FD/Barcelona confusion is identical to that for Irene Watts and Pink Gruss an Aachen. Bob Edberg imported Francis Dubreuil from Peter Beales. He rooted a plant for The Huntington, which he gave me to take to Clair Martin when I went out to volunteer. I did. That plant should still be in the Tea and China bed at The Huntington. I gave cuttings to Carolyn at Sequoia from this FD. I rooted them for the Huntington Plant Sales, and the one which still grows in what's left of my garden. The FD at Ashdown came from this plant, also.
Barcelona had grown in the gardens at The Huntington for decades. My plant, and that given to Ashdown and Sequoia, came from that plant, also. I still grow that plant, too. Both varieties are own root, and have been kept separate so as to prevent confusion. In my climate, there is no difference. I can also tell you when grown under plastic, at Sequoia, budded on a tree stock, the FD blooms are VERY much like those of Oklahoma. Try it, it's very interesting.