RoseFile Database

Tuscany Superb - Gallica Rose

Tuscany Superb

Gallica. Bred by in in 1837.
Use:
 
Small Shrub, Border
Color:
 
Crimson
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
Strong Musk
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 4 - 9
Height & Width:
 
4 ft x 3 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments Tuscany is an old old rose that has existed in gardens since before 1500. It's a tough, once-blooming gallica with flowers in a dark crimson or purple. There are a lot of petals, but the rose looks a little unrefined in comparison to, say, most centifolia roses. The open rose displays yellow stamens wihch sometimes clash with the flowers. Fragrance is strong. Flowers appear on a shrub that is adequately clad with foliage. What one thinks of it can depend a great deal on exactly which shade of dark crimson or purple the rose produces, and how strong one's visceral reaction is to that shade. Color appears to be a little stronger where temperatures are not too high and sunshine is not too bright. In sunny climates, a bit of PM shade might help preserve bloom color. Although more resistant to blackspot than most hybrid tea roses, it is not immune to it. And it is a favorite of Japanese Beetles.

BTW: The principle difference between Tuscany and Tuscany Superb is that the latter has flowers that might sometimes be about .75 inches or 27% larger than Tuscany's. HMF lists Tuscany as being susceptible to blackspot, but has no photos illustrating this; on the other hand it does not list Tuscany Superb as being susceptible to blackspot but it has photos of at least one rose infected by it.