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Archduke Charles - China Rose

Archduke Charles

China. Bred by Laffay in France in 1837.
Use:
 
Shrub, Bed, Border
Color:
 
Pink
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
Moderate Bananas
Remontance:
 
Good Continuity
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 6 - 10
Height & Width:
 
5 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 

Comments Archduke Charles is the poster child for the darkening tea rose. Buds begin to open a pale pink. Half-open flowers are a rosy dark pink. Fully blown flowers are a dark crimson. It is a pattern that has found its way to a host of modern roses: Double Delight , Antike 89, Paradise, Rainbow's End, and many others. Typical of China roses, it makes a neat, well-foliated shrub. Its foliage is relatively healthy, even in muggy weather. One might wish for roses of more elegant form; but at least the flower show continues with good continuity. BTW: Michael Shoup of Antique Rose Emporium presents a fine article on landscaping with old roses here )