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Elmshorn - Modern Shrub Rose


Modern Shrub. Bred by W. Kordes in Germany in 1951.
Rose Photo
Parkland Shrub, Shrub, S
Double - Pompom
Bloom Size:
Small (1-2 in)
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
5 ft x 4 ft

Comments "One of the strongest growing and free-flowering of all shrub roses." says Botanica's Roses about Elmshorn. Some writers call Kordes' shrub roses "rudely healthy." Elmshorn grows in punishingly poor soil, tolerating some shade and some drought. Dry soil does, however make the flowers look bad. It bears small, neatly shaped flowers two or more times in a season. Given good conditions it can flower profusely. Some sources list it as a hybrid musk; but I think Graham Thomas would have called it a "polypom" because of its tiny rounded flowers that lacked fragrance. It shares with hybrid musks the multiflora properties of making large clusters of flowers, of being vigorous and fairly well branched, and of being generally immune to blackspot.

BTW: In Anglophone nations Bishop Pemberton is credited with creating and naming the hybrid musks. Pemberton specialized in crossing certain tetraploid multiflora roses - especially ones that descended from Aglaia - with tea roses which were mostly diploid. The result was generally a triploid rose that inherited largish fragrant flowers from teas and cold hardiness and good branching from multiflora hybrids. British rose breeders and rose writers have a strong fondness for the special balance of qualities to be found in Pemberton's roses. By contrast, Pemberton's gardner Bentall, his contemporary Peter Lambert, and their successor Wilhelm Kordes bred multiflora roses that were little flower machines on lovely shrubs, but most of the flowers lacked shape, size, and fragrance. So while they share many of the same ancestors as Pemberton's roses, they can sometimes feel a world apart in garden effect. Of all the roses classified as hybrid musk roses; Elmshorn together with the formidable Gartendirktor Otto Linn and a few other Kordes and Lambert introductions feel far afield of the hybrid musk form as expressed by, say, Buff Beauty or Penelope.