'Sweet Briar' rose References
Book (1997) Page(s) 16. Includes photo(s).
Rose-pink, single flowers ... followed in autumn by attractive scarlet hips... apple-scented leaves.
Book (Oct 1996) Page(s) 38.
R. eglanteria ('Eglantine Rose', 'Sweetbriar') Description... pink single... The attraction lies in the fragrance of its foliage, not its flowers... [when crushed] the leaves release a delicious perfume a little like green apples...
Book (Mar 1994) Page(s) 88. Includes photo(s).
Book (1994) Page(s) 15-16. Includes photo(s).
[One of the 65 climbing roses Stephen Scanniello describes in detail in his book and that grows in the Cranford Rose Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There are several pages devoted to this rose, including its history, cultivation, and a photograph. Here are some highlights, but please refer to the book for more details.]
(formerly Rosa rubiginosa) Cultivated before 1551. Much praised for the delicious apple scent of its foliage… one of the plants the colonists brought to the New World… then, as now, used as a hedge. Flowers: single, although there are or were several double varieties… pale pink with whitish centres. In the 1890s an English judge, Lord Penzance, created a number of eglantine hybrids… the Penzance hybrids… Lord Penzance first exhibited them at Kew Gardens in 1895. The sixteen hybrids, thirteen of which he named after characters in the novels of Sir Walter Scott, had a wider range of colors and more vigor than the wild eglantines; some retained more of the wonderful scented foliage than others… hips are red, one-inch… A very hardy rose that will flourish in full sun or partial shade… it is susceptible to blackspot.
Book (Nov 1993) Page(s) 18.
According to Mrs. Steen, the 'Sweet Briar' and 'Dog Rose' were grown from seed, and hedges of these roses were well established in the north of New Zealand by 1830, the missionaries taking them with them wherever they moved... [In New Zealand] the Maoris called the 'Sweet Briar' 'Te Mihanere', 'The Missionary'... by 1900 the 'Sweet Briar' had been declared a noxious weed as it had spread so vigorously.
Book (Feb 1993) Page(s) 31. Includes photo(s).
Book (Aug 1990) Page(s) 41. Includes photo(s).
Lots of information about this rose and a photograph... one of the flowers the colonists brought to the New World...
Book (1988) Page(s) 19, 20. Includes photo(s).
Page 19: [Photo] Sweet Briar (R. eglanteria) long grown in gardens for fragrance, was widely used by settlers in America as protective hedges and screens.
Page 20: Eglantine It grew very rapidly, lived long, was easily propagated from an abundance of seedlings and proved aesthetically pleasing with its fragrant foliage, all the stronger when freshly clipped...From visits to Massachusetts in 1638 and 1664, John Josselyn compiled a herbal and account of the natural history, both indigenous and imported, and mentioned roses in New England Rarities Discovered (1672). On R. carolina (of which there are many forms native to eastern and central North America) he said, 'Wild Damask Rose, single, but very large and sweet'... [also] the 'Sweet Bryer or Eglantine.' For practical purposes this rose was extensively used in new settlements as boundary hedging and to enclose gardens...
Book (1988) Page(s) 26, 27.
Page 26: 'Sweetbriar' was used by Wilhelm Kordes to breed in hardiness.
Page 27: fragrant foliage