'Monsieur William Tillier' rose Description
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Carmine-red, ages to violet-red . Nuances of brick. Moderate fragrance. Medium, double (17-25 petals), scalloped bloom form. Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Height of 6' 7" to 16' 5" (200 to 500 cm). Width of 6' 7" to 16' 5" (200 to 500 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default). Disease susceptibility: disease resistant. Can be pruned to maintain a shorter habit.
Pierre Guillot states that 'Mr. Tillier' is a descendant of 'Safrano à fleurs rouges'.- see References.
'Mons. Tillier' in commerce in the United States and Australia is sold as 'Archiduc Joseph' in Europe. Opinion is divided regarding the correct identity. This is a non-climbing Tea rose.
The climbing hybrid tea 'Marie Nabonnand' has and is still being sold by some nurseries under the name of 'Monsieur Tillier'. See 'Marie Nabonnand'.
The true 'Mons. Tillier' is a shrub Tea, carmine red washed with brick passing to red shaded violet with straight smooth pedicels. See References.
P. Tillier, Amphion (Haute-Savoie), was working with the magazine Le Lyon Horticole and was breeding Chrysanthemums. "Mons. Tillier" is a French abbreviation for Monsieur (or M.) Tillier.