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'Chrysler Imperial' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 91-681
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Initial post 23 MAR 16 by drossb1986
I'll be honest, my current experience with Chrysler Imperial begs to me ask, "What's all the fuss about?" I purchased because it is said CI is an all-star in a hot climate, so ask me how she does here in Houston in August. But, so far, i'm unimpressed. It smells lovely, but the blooms blow open quickly. The coloring seems odd to me, like there's too much purple in it...like the petals are bruised a little bit. It's had some mildew issues already, but Tropicana is next to it and Tropicana is the mildew queen. I would trade in the fragrance for the color, shape, and vase performance of Olympiad any day.

August 2016 Update: I'm still not impressed with CI. Despite its reported heat tolerance, it didn't really impress this summer. It was just ok. The plant is fairly compact and grows in a narrow, straight-up fashion, so it looks a little out of place with its bed-mates to me. It looks like it's trying to grow to keep from touching any other plant. I haven't had any mildew issues since this spring, and have had zero blackspot problems.

January 2019 Update: CI has actually turned into a really great plant. I still think the blooms open to quickly, but after a couple of years in the ground she's really taken off. She also have lived up to her heat tolerance reputation trying to bloom in abundance in the peak of summer. Great "beginner" variety and great "old-school" rose.
Reply #1 of 6 posted 18 JUN 16 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Agree with you on Chrysler Imperial .. saw that in a pot for $10 at local store, Sniffed it. Not impressed, fragrance can't compare to Mr. Lincoln. The rose park nearby has Chrysler Imperial for years .. every year I hope for a good scent, but disappointed in its mediocre scent. Mr. Lincoln rose was better-looking at the rose park, but wasn't hardy. For a good red rose, Firefighter is fragrant & last long in the vase ... really miss that own-root Firefighter after it died in a dry & cold zone 5a winter.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 24 JAN 19 by davyjns
I found this to have a strong rose scent very much on par with Mr. Lincoln. Funny how these things happen.
Reply #3 of 6 posted 8 JUL 19 by BrianH
My landlord grew this rose where I lived 20 years ago. This was a early 60s era tract house in the hot inland valley area of Los Angeles. This rose was an astonishing survivor, probably planted forty years before. It bloomed heavily once in the spring on the 10 inches of annual rainfall, then scattered bloom till November. The stems were short as the bush had been whacked to 4 feet with hedge shears for years. Every bud opened perfectly albeit quickly in the triple digit heat. The damask scent was as strong as Mister Lincoln. Dust had to be washed off the matte foliage when cut for the house. Of course there was little black spot pressure in that climate, but mildew and rust never seemed to appear. I've never seen a more neglected rose hang in there so well. I think these traits make it an excellent candidate for gardens in climates with very low humidity and withering hot summers. When I retire and return to California I intend to plant one and see what happens when it is really treated well.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 24 SEP by MiGreenThumb
I believe Chrysler Imperial to have superior strength and type of fragrance over Mr. Lincoln. A much better plant too.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 11 APR 20 by newtie
Try it on a different root stock. For your climate i would suggest fortuniana root available from K&M Roses in Buccatuna Mississippi. I think you will like it once you get it on the right root stock for your area. Also, for Houston, plant it very high. Mound the soil up a good 12 inches higher than ground level.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 12 APR 20 by Puns 'n' Roses
I grow Mr Lincoln and Chrysler Imperial side by side. Both are in (as of now) too small pots. Mr L. is more vigorous, but tends to concentrate more on single canes while C.I. is bushier and considerably lower. Mr. L also puts out more blooms. I can't seem to remember if C.I. blooms lasted longer or shorter. The scent is different, but gorgeous on both plants. I had planned to make a small "family border" with Mr Lincoln's ancestors and siblings like Oklahoma and Papa Meilland, but they are hard to get.
Discussion id : 129-146
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Initial post 23 SEP by MiGreenThumb
One of my favourite roses.
The scent, colour, vigour, and general health even in Southern Michigan is superior to many newer supposedly better fragrant red hybrid teas. No mildew to speak of, moderate black spot. I love the blueing factor because it shows natural progression of age. Want it to stay the same colour? You want plastic.
Returns strongly even after winter cuts canes to the snow line/crown.
As a child, I called Chrysler cars with the pentastar emblems Red Rose Cars. Why? I have no idea. I was around 5. I think it had something to do with the five pointed star. Imagine my astonishment when I discovered roses in my early teens that there actually IS a red rose and it's named Chrysler Imperial! How perfect. My favourite rose colour and scent with the name of my beloved MaMopar (even if they were the simple, durable K-cars!)
I'd love to try this on Multiflora as Dr. Huey is a miserable, non-thriving cuss in most instances in my garden.
Truly one of the Timeless Greats in the rose world.
Discussion id : 120-902
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Initial post 11 APR 20 by newtie
A good argument can be made that this rose named to help promote a car is the best hybrid tea red rose introduced to date (2020). It seems to have no faults and it is spectacularly beautiful and with a strong classic rose fragrance. Here it grows exceptionally well saddle grafted on fortuniana stock. (Gulf coast zone 8b). There are hundreds of red hybrid teas. Many are exceptional; yet I don't see how this rose could be improved on. Of course like all other roses it will not thrive in all zones. But in the climate zones it is suited to, there is nothing better in my opinion when it come to classic red hybrid teas.
Discussion id : 120-157
most recent 9 FEB 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 9 FEB 20 by Mick
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