'Old Blush'

(Pronounced: OLD BLUS-sh)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Blush China' , 'Common Blush China' , 'Common Monthly' , 'Daily Rose' , 'Last Rose of Summer' , 'Monthly Rose' , 'Old Blush' , 'Old Pink Daily' , 'Old Pink Monthly' , 'Pallida' , 'Parson's Pink' , 'Parson's Pink China'

'Old Blush'

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'Old Blush' is one of the most famous of the China roses and an important parent of literally thousands of other roses. 'Old Blush' forms a compact, somewhat upright, and twiggy bush that rarely attains heights above 4'.

 

'Old Blush'

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'Old Blush' is a prolific bloomer that starts early and stays late. The spring and fall displays are spectacular but the plant blooms almost continuously throughout the season.

The blooms of 'Old Blush' are distinctively blousey and loosely double, and are slightly lilac pink in color when they open. As the blossoms age they turn darker shades of pink. Hence, the name, 'Old Blush'.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Old Blush' was the first of the everblooming China roses to make its way to Europe. It has been known in the west for almost 250 years, but it is one of the oldest roses, having been known in China for more than 1,000 years.

It is also one of the most valuable roses known because it has passed on its China characteristics of remontancy and a darkening bloom to literally thousands of other roses.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

Ch

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Unknown  

INTRODUCED:

 

DATE:

1752 [ Sweeden, England] ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    5 '     to    0 '           Width:    3 '     to    6 '



'Old Blush' forms a twiggy upright bush 3' - 6' in height. Larger specimens to 10' in height have been seen in sheltered locations.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is dark green and pointed.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

'Old Blush' is a consistent repeat bloomer that starts early in the season and finishes late. Along the Gulf coast, it can bloom for eleven months of the year. The spring flush of blooms is tremendous and can rival azaleas.

In the heat of the summer its bloom quality may suffer a bit, but it regains vigor in the cooler fall weather. Its reliability as a repeat bloomer gave rise to one of its common names, "Monthly Rose."

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    3.00"      to      4.00"           Cluster Size:    3      to      7           Petal Count:    15 to 20          

The semi-double blooms are approximately 3" in size, loosely informal, and form small clusters.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

mp - Medium Pink. The blooms of 'Old Blush' are a silvery lilac pink when they open, but with exposure to light, they change to a darker pink.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

mf- Moderately Fragrant. Fruity

 
HIPS:

Large, yellow-orange, globose. 'Old Blush' forms numerous 1/2" spherical yellow-orange hips in the autumn.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 6 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Old Blush' prefers some shade and mulch to conserve moisture, and it will tolerate poor soils. Mildew may result from insufficient water. Light pruning or dead-heading is recommended to remove spent flowers.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Old Blush' is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Suitable for use as a climbing or pillar rose
    ** Availability is limited

'Old Blush' It is particularly nice in mass plantings as a low hedge along a fence. It also can be trained as a low pillar or climbing rose.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Old Blush' is a particularly important rose and well worth growing for its historical importance. But, fortunately, it is a great rose for practically any garden, as a specimen or in mass plantings.

It was originally introduced into Sweeden in 1752, and into England before 1759. The Europeans were quite taken with the tendency of 'Old Blush' to darken in sunlight because it looked like a lady of the court, blushing. Hence, the name.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 418.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 19.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 19.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, pp. 10-12, 14-15, 44, 360.

Druitt, Liz. The Organic Rose Garden. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company. 1996, pp. 3-5, 22, 99, 160, 189.

Taylor. (Maggie Oster, Consulting Ed.r). Taylor's Pocket Guide to Old-fashioned Roses. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.. 1989, p. 67.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, pp. 10, 14, 17, 34, 44, 51, 81, 121, 134.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, pp. 206, 219, 238.