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PlantFiles: Bourbon Rose
Rosa 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'

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Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Souvenir de la Malmaison
Additional cultivar information: (aka Queen of Beauty and Fragrance)
Registered or introduced: 1843

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Class:
Bourbon

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Bloom Color:
Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:
Double
Quartered

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Habit:
Trained to climb

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Other Details:
Shade-tolerant

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth
Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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Profile:

5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Marisa_K On Jan 9, 2010, Marisa_K from Lincoln, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I thought the color of this rose looked a little...well, blah...from photos, but the form is gorgeous in my book and I'd heard rave reviews so I went ahead and ordered it. This is just the best little plant I could ever ask for. The rest of my roses are taking their winter nap, pruned, leaves stripped, etc. This one is still blooming. It has seven buds right now. It bloomed over the holidays, when temperatures were down in the 20's. The summer heat (regularly over 100 degrees) doesn't faze it, either, as long as it gets enough water. And the color doesn't look washed out/faded at all. It's a very light pink, but still vibrant, like pale strawberry yogurt. The fragrance is sweet and it's a blooming machine.

I'd recommend placing it where you can see it, maybe next to a path or patio, because it's a small plant. Great for small gardens--or people like me who are running out of room to stuff one more rose! Maybe not great for a damp climate, because the buds ball and won't open well (if at all) when it's consistently rained on.

Positive kgaddba On Jan 6, 2010, kgaddba from Missouri City, TX wrote:

Beautiful, wonderful rose. Blooms all the time. Very carefree. Delightful fragrance. Not too big.

Positive vossner On Jan 24, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My plant was a rooted cutting from my DF's rose. Very beautiful, very fragrant, very hardy. Rebloomer. Mine is planted inground, full TX sun. Suitable for growing in pots.

Positive tbyrd1950 On Oct 15, 2006, tbyrd1950 from Lorena, TX wrote:

This is one of my all time favorite roses. The color is the most delicate pink. In Central Texas, it rarely gets disease, but does tend to have a little bit of blackspot in the more humid parts of the state. The bush is low, under 3 feet for me, and the leaves a dark green.

Positive Gindee77 On Jul 9, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This rose is the softest baby pink and has a wonderfully light and pleasant fragrance. It seems to spend most of it's energy blooming and not getting too big.

Neutral Grits On Feb 13, 2001, Grits from Pineville, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

1843 3-5' x 3-4' Flowers repeatedly. zones 6-9
Very hardy, no freeze-back even in the coldest Pennsylvania; a moderate grower, but a profuse all-season bloomer. The flower is large, many-petalled, pearly soft flesh-pink. Full, tight buds open slowly to show many tightly curled petals full of fragrance. Well suited as a hedge.

An old-world rose which speaks of history, romance and 19th century "Paris in Spring."

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Phoenix, Arizona
Davis, California
Grass Valley, California
Lincoln, California
San Leandro, California
Snellville, Georgia
Hampton, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Echo, Louisiana
Marion, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Yukon, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas (4 reports)
Lorena, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia



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