Gallica, Provins Rose 'Tuscany Superb'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tuscany Superb
Additional cultivar information:(aka Rivers's Superb Tuscan, Superb Tuscany, The Velvet Rose)
Hybridized by Rivers & Son Ltd.
Registered or introduced: pre 1837
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Bloom Color:

Mauve and mauve blend (mb)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Patent Information:


Other Details:


Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are nearly thornless

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

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

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Medina, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 23, 2008, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

In the UK I grew this rose on an arch, where it grew to two metres (more than six feet) and covered itself in flower every June. I have recently planted it here in France and am again enchanted by the richness of the flowers and fragrance. It seems a generally healthy rose and I love the fact that the stems are very sparsely thorned, making it a good subject for growing over an arch or next to a path.


On Jun 5, 2005, mickgene from Linden, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

The velvety deep-purple/crimson, black-tinged blooms have yellow stamens and a superb spicy fragrance. A real eye-catcher. Blooms even with some shade.


On Feb 17, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A found rose 'Crimson Gallica' may be none other than 'Superb Tuscan'


On Jan 9, 2004, hortensia from Langley, BC, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This rose has been in all my gardens for 17 years. It is the easiest of roses to grow, needing no sprayiing at any time and happy in the poorest of soils and in some shade. On its own roots (preferred) it tends to run around a bit, but these runners can be lifted and passed on. An exquisite flower, the depth of colour matched with velvety texture create a rose of amazingly rich quality. More double than Tuscany, fewer golden stamens evident, I have often seen Tuscany supplied in error for this rose.