'Father Hugo's Rose' Description
Photo courtesy of Rupert, Kim L.
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Light yellow to yellow. Mild, honey, linseed oil fragrance. 5 petals. Average diameter 2". Medium, single (4-8 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form. Spring or summer flush with scattered later bloom.
Armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, dense, upright, well-branched. Small, matte, medium green, attractive fall color, dense foliage. 5 to 11 leaflets.
Height of 2' to 9' (60 to 275 cm). Width of 5' to 6' (150 to 185 cm).
USDA zone 5b and warmer. Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy. Prune dead wood.
Rosa xanthina f. hugonis (Hemsl.) A.V. Roberts (1977) is the name accepted by the International Plant Names Index. Rosa hugonis is the name used by Flora of China.
Dedicated to Father Hugh Scallan ("Padre Hugo") (September 8, 1851 Rathmines/Dublin - May 6, 1928 Sianfu, China), Franciscan missionary who discovered the rose in the Shanxi province of northern China around 1899.
Belongs to the Pimpinellifolia section (styles free, shorter than the stamens, blooms solitary, without bracts). Has simply serrated, smooth leaflets, like R. xanthina not glandular beneath but margins are acutely serrate; is somewhat bristly and has larger blooms.
Lloyd Brace at The Roseraie at Bayfields describes this rose as having tall, arching canes foliated much like the 'Scotchbriar', to which it used to be thought to be related... the blossoms are single lemon yellow...
One of the Roses that "passed the test" in Longwood Garden's Ten-Year Rose Trials.