Cécile Brünner, Climbing form: Hosp, USA 1904
This form of Cécile Brünner is the form that I see most often. This is truly an amazing shrub, capable of consuming entire buildings on 3 seasons! Don't plant this in a small city lot with the idea that you can just "keep it trimmed to fit"!
The photo above illustrates just how huge this rose can get! (This is not mine, but a friend's place)
Cécile Brünner requires very little, if any, attention. It is classed as a China hybrid, (unknown polyantha X Mme de Tartas) and as such, it is often best if left unpruned. It will tolerate pruning well, but it has a naturally graceful form if left unpruned. Nobody I know sprays theirs, and yet it never seems to have any of the typical leaf diseases. I like that because I don't spray my roses with chemicals at all.
The small blooms are produced in large clusters, and are a soft warm pink color which fades eventually to near-white. There is a very unusual, but pleasing scent. Like many of the climbing sports, the most often encountered variety of Climbing Cécile Brünner is once-blooming. However, there is a repeat blooming form which is in commerce. I suggest that if you want this rose, that you search for the repeating form. You may want to try Heirloom Old Garden Roses for it.
merit rating: 8.3
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