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Rosa 'Marechal Niel'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Marechal Niel
Additional cultivar information: (aka Marechel Neil)
Hybridized by Pradel; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1864

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium yellow (my)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

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Pruning Instructions:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral foodiesleuth On Jun 1, 2011, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

I have had no experience with this plant but have been looking for this rose for many least since 1967 or 68 since my grandmother told me that she remembered this rose climbing on an arbor or trellis built next to the front entrace of the house where she grew up in North Georgia. I haven't had any luck finding it. If anyone knows of a source I would love to know about it.
Thank you!

Neutral lrwells50 On Aug 1, 2008, lrwells50 from (Lynn) Paris, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

My two plants are growing, but I'm not exceptionally happy about the buds and blooms. It's almost like they clump up when opening, and never open fully. Maybe it's too humid for them here. I planned to train them on an arbor, but I think I'll go with another choice.

Positive hortensia On May 18, 2006, hortensia from Langley, BC, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have two plants (own root) of Marechal Niel planted each side of a hardpruned holly tree against my south facing chimney. they bloomed profusely for the first time this year. utterly healthy, wonderfully fragrant. Can't praise them too much

Positive marshtackie On Jun 11, 2004, marshtackie from Orlando, FL wrote:

I planted a bush of Marechal Niel in front of my daughter's west-facing window when she was a toddler (she's now 28). It was an awkward narrow location between the house and a hedge; I relied on the comment that Marechal Niel can take more shade than the average rose. It's growing into the neighbor's treetops now.

When some close friends of mine got married, I gave them a plant of Marechal Niel and planted it for them. Their location was a better one, and the plant grew into a magnificent rose.

Both these plants are in Florida and are on our locally favored R. fortuneana rootstock. Incidentally, finding one is rather a job. When I told a nursery owner "What do you mean, you don't have a plant of Marechal Niel? There's one right here!" he said, "Oh, you mean MARSHALL NEILL!"

Like many hot-climate old roses--usually of Chinese origin (Marechal Niel is often said to be more Tea than Noisette)--Marechal Niel is highly blackspot-resistant, even in Florida. The yellow deepens instead of fading as the flower dies. The fragrance is like the fragrance of a tea rose, but stronger. Not, mind you, an in-your-face fragrance like that of Maria Callas or Sutter's Gold. The June bloom is heavy and there are roses other times of year too. For bouquets you have to give it support: it has a weak neck. It looks lovely together with blue or purple flowers.


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

, British Columbia
Howey In The Hills, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Annapolis, Maryland
Paris, Texas

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