'Monsieur Tillier'

(Pronounced: Mis-YOUR Till-YEA)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Archiduc Joseph' , 'Monsieur Tillier'

'Monsieur Tillier'

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The color of the flowers of 'Monsieur Tillier' are distinctive: carmine pink with a touch of copper, aging to brick red, and then fading to near purple.

 

'Monsieur Tillier'

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The buds of 'Monsieur Tillier' are small with short sepals, and open to a tightly compacted emerging flower that gives no hint of the number of petals that it contains.

 

'Monsieur Tillier'

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The foliage of 'Monsieur Tillier' is medium green, semi-glossy, and slightly serrated. The thorns are hooked and red.

 

'Monsieur Tillier'

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As the buds of 'Monsieur Tillier' open the flower becomes more globular. The petals curve outward causing the flower to be rather flatish.

 

'Monsieur Tillier'

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'Monsieur Tillier' produces a massive bloom display, literally covering the plant with flowers.

 

'Monsieur Tillier'

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The color of the mature flowers of 'Monsieur Tillier' are brick red, and the immature foliage (lower right corner of picture) is coppery red.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Monsieur Tillier' is an old tea rose with very distinctive medium sized (2-1/2" to 3"), bright pink, very double flowers that darken to nearly brick red. The flowers are slightly fragrant and repeat throughout the growing season.

'Monsieur Tillier' forms a large (5' to 7' ) bush with olive-green foliage that is easily grown in a wide variety of soils. It is hardy and carefree in warm climates. The petals are imbricated and often curl to form points.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

T

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Bernaix, A.  

INTRODUCED:

'Monsieur Tillier' was introduced by Pierre Bernaix (Lyon, France) in 1891.  

DATE:

1891 [ France ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    5 '     to    7 '           Width:    5 '     to    5 '



'Monsieur Tillier' forms a compact upright bush 5' to 7' in height.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is large and olive-green.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. 'Monsieur Tillier' starts blooming in mid-spring (April in the Texas Hill Country) and repeats throughout the growing season.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    3.00"      to      3.00"           Petal Count:    40 to 50          

'Monsieur Tillier' flowers are medium sized (2-1/2" to 3") and very double. The petals are imbricated and often curl to form points.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

op - Orange pink. 'Monsieur Tillier' blooms open salmon to carmine pink and darken as they age. At the end of the bloom cycle, the flowers are nearly a brick red and then fade to almost purple as they shrivel.

The overall impression of the color from a distance is coral pink. This coloration is very distinctive, and makes identification of 'Monsieur Tillier' rather easy.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

sf - Slightly fragrant. 'Monsieur Tillier' flowers have a slight tea scent when they open. The mature blooms have little if any fragrance.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 7 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Monsieur Tillier' is easily grown in a wide variety of soils. It is hardy and carefree in warm climates, but may need some protection in colder climates.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Monsieur Tillier' may be propagated by air layering, ground layering, or from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Suitable for growing in pots
    ** Suitable for growing in greenhouses
    ** Commercial Availability is limited

'Monsieur Tillier' is striking in mass plantings and around the foundations of buildings.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Monsieur Tillier' is a great favorite with my wife who is very fond of all shades of pink. She quickly gravitates to 'Monsieur Tillier' whenever it is in bloom.

It is a very fine, but little kown Tea rose, which is better endowed with floiage than most Teas.

In England this rose is sometimes sold under the name 'Archiduc Joseph'

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 388.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 395.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1998 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1998, p. 34.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 78, 386.

Beales, Peter. Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1992, p. 348.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, pp. 121, 153.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, pp. 212, 214, 239.

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