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Marechal Niel - Tea Noisette Rose

Marechal Niel

Tea Noisette. Bred by Pradel in France in 1864.
Rose Photo
Pillar, Arch, Wall
Strong Tea, Raspberry
Good Continuity
Bloom Size:
Large - about 5 inches
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 8 - 11
Height & Width:
12 ft x 6 ft

Comments The large, high centered blossoms on this climber are officially yellow, but it's a soft buttery yellow that ranges from ivory to apricot. Deeply cupped, with outer petals scrolling tightly from the central ones, they are quite fragrant, too. This is one of the all-time great climbers where it gets ideal conditions. It can be twitchy, though. Flowers ball in damp weather, some stock is infested with rose mosaic virus, thrips flock to the blossoms, and it is not reliably cold hardy in zone 7. Some rose specialists suggest that it is best grown on fortuniana stock, others recommend multiflora. On the other hand, if it freezes to the ground on its own roots it will sometimes return true.

BTW: It's a bit of a mystery to me why it is listed in Pickering and Hortico catalogs; British rosarians claim this rose will not do well in their own country - a land two climate zones warmer than that of either nursery. Perhaps it is cold hardy to zone 5 or 6 but needs summers much warmer and sunnier than England can provide. Or perhaps it can be grown as an annual in Canada. In either case, there exist few roses that could make a person approach a tall wall or fence and swoon with pleasure at what they see and smell. Marechal Niel is one that can.