'Sissinghurst Castle', precise date and origin unknown.
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.
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