Madame Caroline Testout, Cl.

Low Roses | Bushes | Shrubs | Climbers
Photo of Rose Madame Caroline Testout

The city of Portland earned the moniker 'City of Roses' after its city fathers decided to line the streets with thousands of rose bushes - Madame Caroline Testout. That was many decades ago, but a number of those roses live on today. And David Austin tells of the climbing sport being trained up the side of his family's house before 1918: it is still there (1990).

The flowers look feminine, delicate, luscious, while the plant that produces them is almost unconditionally durable. This is what we seek in roses. Precious few cultivars achieve this so well as MCT. Yet the rose does have the HT drawbacks of slow going and paucity of blooms.

ARS members rate the bush version 7.9.

Pernet-Ducher, France 1890
La France | Mrs John Laing | New Dawn
Zone 6-10
Tournament of Roses | Constance Spry
Hybrid Tea & Large-Flowered Climber
Digital Camera: Fuji Finepix 2800
Rose: SRB Garden in NJ, May 2003
Image and Text: Copyright S.R. Brubaker 2003. All rights reserved.