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Sydonie - Portland Rose

Sydonie

Portland. Bred by Vibert in France in 1845.
Use:
 
Mounded
Color:
 
Rose
Form:
 
Quartered
Fragrance:
 
Strong Fruit
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
 
4 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 
Good for Maritime Climates

Comments This rose shares all the great qualities of a Portland; the bushy habit, the dark satin foliage that comes right up to the base of the rose, the beautifully muddled pink flowers featuring a button eye, and of course the delicious damask fragrance. Though the plant is rarely covered with blooms it does repeat. It may not be a good choice for muggy climates as it is susceptible to blackspot.

BTW: There is some conroversy over how many Sydonie roses were bred and how many exist today. This one, a damask perpetual or portland remains in commerce. There is evidently a Gallica of which no trace remains, and perhaps a bourbon, although some of the confusion involves whether there was one rose bred by Dorisy and distributed by Vibert or if the Vibert rose was a different cultivar.