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'Eugène Desgaches' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 2-677
most recent 3 OCT 12 SHOW ALL
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Anonymous-797
The rose Eugene Desgaches is classified as a China and Bourbon. Is it classified this way because the parentage is not known?
Reply #1 of 3 posted 30 JUN 03 by The Old Rosarian
It is classified as both because the parentage is about even for both of them.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 3 JUL 09 by Prosopis
What would be its prognosis, along with VIVID, another Bourbon China, both evolved in warm climates from warm climate roses that DO especially well IN warm/hot climates in zone 5 NY?!! With careful protection? The answer seems obvious, but it never hurts to ask. Sometimes, one learns a lot that way. I have seen extraordinarily healthy plants of TYPHOO TEA at the Sugarhouse Rose Garden, Salt Lake City, c. 1984-86, very cold zone 5, totally neglected, high pH dry soil, absolutely magnificent.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 3 OCT 12 by mtspace
I'll venture a very complicated "Probably Good."

I noticed when I moved from NJ, zone 6b to AZ zone 7b that roses which normally sailed through winter in zone 6 could sometimes fail here in zone 7 due to a western peculiarity in weather. I notice that we have a lot more periods of time in spring where days are in the sixties or seventies and nights are actually freezing. Or worse: we'll have stretches of weather in early March in the eighties and no nighttime freezing and then in April we'll get a night at 15F. Turns out this is really hard on roses, especially young ones. So to your point, Z5 Utah weather might test a rose more than Z5 New York weather.

I see that Eugene Desgasches is rated to zone 5b. I guess some bourbons inherited a good measure of hardiness from their damask lineage which might provide some protection not just from low temperatures but from the kind of yo-yo weather described above. If the hardiness rating is based on actual data, then I'd bet the prognosis for zone 5 would be good, provided it's grown on its own roots, mulched generously in fall, given a bit of protection from north winds, and given plenty of sun. As for Typhoo Tea, I'm guessing its rating of 7b is a default for hybrid tea roses, and that its heritage includes some cold-hardy roses that help bring it protection. If it grows in a western, mountainous zone 5, then there's a good bet it would survive eastern zone 5 winters.
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