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Gloire de Dijon - Tea Climber Rose

Gloire de Dijon

Tea Climber. Bred by Jacotot in France in 1853.
Pillar, Arch, Wall
Pale Apricot
Bloom Size:
Large (4-5 in)
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 7 - 9
Height & Width:
12 ft x 8 ft

Comments Gloire de Dijon produces large, nicely cupped flowers packed with fragrant petals. It grows tall as a climber. It is resistant to disease, and it is remontant. It just doesn't get any better than this in the rose world. Not until you consider cold hardiness. Its greatest flaw where it is cold hardy is that it can mildew. Some grow it in zone 6 with special protection. As is true with other tea noisettes it resents heavy pruning, and will do best on rich, fertile soil.

BTW: Rose breeders are extremely fond of it because it is the only tea-noisette that is tetraploid. It is axiomatic that they would laud it highly for its capacity to produce fertile offspring within the mainstream of tetraploid roses; if it were diploid as are most noisettes its offspring would be (for practical purposes) sterile. It's important because this rose provides a genetic bridge whereby some of the monumental beauty that flows through the tea-noisettes can spill over into the stream of more cold-hardy cultivars. Conrad F. Meyer was among the first to benefit. Pemberton's hybrid musks did, too. We wonder whether the future for roses might not be brightened just a bit if this rose were used some more in breeding efforts.