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'Sissinghurst Castle', precise date and origin unknown.

'Sissinghurst Castle'Also known as 'Rose des Maures'. This rose was discovered growing in the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle when the gardens were cleared in the early 1900's by Vita Sackville-West. It was brought into commerce in 1947. It is likely a known cultivar that has lost its identity through time, or it may be a chance seedling. We shall likely never know.

'Sissinghurst Castle' is very much like 'Tuscany Superb' in overall style and bloom. However, 'Sissinghurst Castle' is a taller, more arching shrub, in my experience. Some growers think this rose is the better of the two, but I prefer 'Tuscany Superb' by far. (Both are excellent roses, comparisons aside) This is an excellent rose to include in any collection of old European Roses.

ARS merit rating: NA
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 4 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 3 to 5 feet tall X 5 feet wide.
Fragrance: 3.0, mild Gallica scent.

Alain Blanchard seedling,
(see Song of the Stars)
Chianti Gloire de France Sissinghurst Castle
Alika Complicata Henri Fouquier Song of the Stars
Allegra (new 2003) Cramoisi Picotee Hippolyte Surpasse Tout
Belle de Crecy "Deep Purple" James Mason Tricolore de Flandre
Belle Isis Désirée Parmentier La Belle Sultane Tuscany
Belle sans Flatterie Duc de Guiche Marianne Tuscany Superb
"Brooks Purple" Duc de Fitzjames 'Mécène' Tuscany Superb X Othello
Camayeux Duchesse de Montebello Nestor Un-named seedling
"Carol's Favorite" Ellen Tofflemire Orpheline de Juillet "William Grant"
Charles de Mills Empress Josephine Rosa Mundi Ypsilante
Cardinal de Richelieu Gallicandy "Rush Family Rose"  

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