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'La Mortola' rose References
Book  (2003)  Page(s) 22.  
'La Mortola'
Book  (2000)  Page(s) 49.  
Rosa brunonii ‘La Mortala’ est une forme horticole à feuille plus longue, plus argentée, et à fleur plus grande que Rosa brunonii.
Website/Catalog  (Oct 1999)  Page(s) 46.  
La Mortola (Moschata) A large flowered, single, white climber capable of considerable rambling in large gardens. A special feature is its large, silvery-grey-green, serrated foliage. 1959.
Book  (Apr 1998)  Page(s) 30.  
Dr. Harris is researching the origins of R. brunonii "La Mortola" which was raised by Sir Cecil Hanbury in 1956.
Magazine  (1998)  Page(s) 12. Vol 92, Part 1.  Includes photo(s).
Dr. Alan S. Harris. 'La Mortola' Rose.
In the French-Italian Riviera overlooking the Mediterranean from the Corniche lies a very special botanic garden. The Hanbury Botanic Gardens.....
Thomas Hanbury's son, Sir Cecil Hanbury, continued in his father's footsteps and, together with his wife, Lady Dorothy and his brother-in-law, B. Symons-Jeune, improved and expanded the gardens and, with it, its reputation. In 1936 the gardens produced its most famous rose - a sport of R. brunonii......Sir Cecil named the sport 'La Mortola'.... Sir Cecil gave the rose to E. A. Bunyard who took it to England where it was introduced by Sunningdale Nurseries in 1954.
Book  (Nov 1994)  Page(s) 212.  
La Mortola 1954. A particularly fine form of Rosa brunonii, which was brought by E. A. Bunyard from the famous garden whose name it bears;  I secured it from Kiftsgate Court, Gloucestershire, where Mrs. J. B. Muir had planted it, and introduced it, with her permission, under this name.  Over a wall and outbuilding at Kiftsgate it made a splendid mound some 30 feet high by 40 feet across.  Foliage  long, limp, greyish, and downy; large pure white flowers in good clusters, the petals having distinctly mucronate apices; medium sized oval heps.  Richly fragrant.  Apt to suffer in cold winters.  Unquestionably the most ornamental of the brunonii group. (Plate 125).
Book  (1993)  Page(s) 78.  Includes photo(s).
[Listed under "Wild Roses and Their Cultivars"] Description. It originated in the gardens at La Mortola on the Italian Riviera, but its provenance is uncertain.
Book  (1970)  Page(s) 147.  
Rosa Brunonii La Mortola Species (Cecil Hanbury (1954); int. Sunningdale Nurseries) Single white blooms borne trusses. Very free flowering.
Book  (1969)  Page(s) 147.  
Graham Thomas.  The Value of Shrub Roses in the Garden.
The best form of R. Brunonii has been put into commerce with the name 'La Mortola' tacked on to it, because it was obtained from the famous garden on the Riviera, La Mortola, and is apt to be spoiled in severe winters.  R. brunonii, like all other species of roses, varies and hence it is important to buy R. brunonii 'La Mortola', and likewise 'Kiftsgate'. The finest form of Rosa filipes.  Probably if you buy them under Brunonii or Filipes you will get perfectly good plants but those just mentioned are recognised ideal garden forms, vegetatively propagated. 
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