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
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
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.
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.
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."
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Phoenix, Arizona Davis, California Lincoln, California San Leandro, California Snellville, Georgia Hampton, Illinois Baton Rouge, Louisiana Old Jefferson, Louisiana Marion, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Yukon, Oklahoma Portland, Oregon Austin, Texas Golinda, Texas Houston, Texas (4 reports) Missouri City, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas Rowlett, Texas Norfolk, Virginia