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Cornelia - Hybrid Musk Rose


Hybrid Musk. Bred by Pemberton in UK in 1925.
Shrub, Landscape Shrub
Pink & Buff
Slight Musk
Bloom Size:
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 6 - 9
Height & Width:
5 ft x 4 ft
Highly Recommended

Comments Cornelia is the highest rated of Pemberton's hybrid musk roses. And hybrid musks, collectively, are among the highest rated class of roses among ARS members; only albas come close. In coolish weather it bears strawberry pink flowers that may be flushed with a bit of yellow. In warmer weather it bears apricot flowers that may be flushed with a bit of strawberrry pink. Given good conditions, a well established Cornelia will produce a spring flush of flowers that nearly covers the plant. It will dole out the occasional minor flush of bloom through the season. As is true of many hybrid musks, it is vigorous, very nicely branched, and well clad with foliage - a tribute to its multiflora heritage. It is also highly tolerant of shade-by rose standards. Perhaps three or four hours of direct sun in a day would suffice. Not all sources agree that it is fragrant. And it is not the rose to turn to if one is looking for elegant flowers. But it is an almost unconditionally good grower.