Magazine (2006) Page(s) Vol 28, No. 4.
p13, Noelene Drage. My Favourite Roses:
When I married, I acquired a bed of 12 neglected roses.... Then at the 1986 Heritage Rose Conference in Adelaide I found it!! - in Mrs. Grace Wilkinson's garden on the Murray River. She, of course, knew its name, being the wonderful gardener that she is. This elusive rose was Elite (C. P. Kilham' x 'President Hoover'), bred by Tantau in 1937. It has the most wonderful, unmistakable perfume and the autumn blooms glow - it is orange, it is pink, it is buff, it is salmon, it is lovely. It is scraggy, it is lanky in its habit of growth, but I forgive it all for its beautiful long-stemmed flowers. I have gone into a bit of detail about this because there's a lesson to be learnt. One of the colour cut-out pictures in my scrap book was of 'Elite', but I just did not recognise it because the photo didn't get the colours right and there was no perfume! Lesson: you need more than a photograph for definite identification.
p54. ibid. Elite was growing un-named in my first Northampton garden in the 1950s and .....positive identification took me 33 years. 'Elite' is a golden peach colour, glowing and richly perfumed, and was bred by Tantau in 1937 - it is still one of my all-time favourites. Luckily George and Jacqui Davies had budded two plants for me in 2005.
Book (19 Apr 2000) Page(s) 144.
Elite HT, yb, 1936; bud pointed, red; flowers salmon-pink and yellow blend, very large, dbl. exhibition form; foliage leathery, light, upright growth ; [Charles P. Kilham X Pres. Herbert Hoover]; Tantau; J&P, 1941
Book (1957) Page(s) 140.
Elite: Long, slender buds of salmon copper opening to salmon pink, large flowers rather quick opening in the warmer weather, but the long buds held erect on long stems, produced in profusion, make it a firm favourite. Should be treated as a tall grower.
(from: Best Twenty-Four Garden Roses by Allen Brundrett, Narre Warren North, Victoria, pp 138 - 141. The complete list: (reds) Crimson Glory, Ena Harkness, Etoile de Hollande, Josephone Bruce, New Yorker, Texas Centennial. (Yellow and autumn shades) Spek's Yellow, Quebec, Mme A. Meilland, Brazil, President Herbert Hoover, Sutter's Gold, Tzigane. (Pinks) Comtesse Vandal, Eden Rose, Elite, First Love, Hector Deane, Helen Traubel, Picture, Rapture, Rod Stillman. (White) White Ensign, Virgo.)
Book (1957) Page(s) 81.
Hybrid teas: Elite, 1936, pink-apricot, double, fragrant, 60cm
Website/Catalog (1953) Includes photo(s).
p3 bloom photo
Book (1947) Page(s) 114.
Elite (Garden & Decoratve) One of the very best garden and decorative roses. Ideal for bedding, where tall growth is desired. Blooms are coppery orange pink on opening, but as the semi-double flowers unfold the pink shades persist. A tall, vigorous grower, and good bloomer. Colour is delightful. Fragrant. Habit 4. (HT)
Website/Catalog (1947) Page(s) 30.
General List. Elite (HT. Tantau 1936) F. 4. Large, shapely, semi-double flowers of a particularly pleasing coppery orange pink shade. The growth and branching are very suitable for bedding where tallness is no disadvantage. The stems are hard and woody, quite a departure from the soft pithy type of so many of the Pernetiana hybrids. This variety is extremely free in bloom and should be planted in bold masses. Highly recommended. E.