'Chrysler Imperial'

(Pronounced: CRY-sl-er IM-peer-ee-l)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Chrysler Imperial'

'Chrysler Imperial'

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The blooms of 'Chrysler Imperia' are the very essence of a refined Hybrid Tea rose.

 

'Chrysler Imperial'

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The high centered buds open to dark blood red and velvety, globular blossoms with a distinctive and very strong citrus-fruity rose fragrance.

 

'Chrysler Imperial'

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The growth habit of 'Chrisyler Imperial' is bushy and upright.

 

'Chrysler Imperial'

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The blooms are high centered and extremely beautiful. In every way it is a classic Hybrid Tea rose and its fragrance is exceptional.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Chrysler Imperial' was the first rose used in the advertising and promotion of a major consumer product - the Chrysler Imperial automobile. It is a very refined Hybrid Tea bush with large (4" - 5") dark red and highly fragrant flowers.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:  
CLASS:

HT

 
SEED
PARENT:

'Charlotte Armstorng'  

POLLEN
PARENT:

'Mirandy'  

BREEDER:

Lamberts  

INTRODUCED:

'Chrysler Imperia'l was raised by Dr. Walter E. Lammerts and introduced by Germain's (United States) in 1952.  

DATE:

1952 [ Germany ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    4 '     to    6 '           Width:    3 '     to    3 '



'Chrysler Imperial' is erect bush that will grow to heights between 5' and 9'.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is medium-green and semi-glossy.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. 'Chrysler Imperial' starts blooming in mid-spring and blooms off and on throughout the growing season. The spring and fall blooms are best.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    4.00"      to      5.00"           Cluster Size:    2      to      4           Petal Count:    40 to 50          

'Chrysler Imperial' flowers are large (4" - 5") and globular. The buds are high-centered, classic Hybrid Tea buds. The opened flowers are double and hold their shape very well.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

dr - Dark red. 'Chrysler Imperial' blooms are a dark blood-red, and velvety, with a paler reverse.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

The petal reverses are slightly paler than the fronts of the petals.  

FRAGRANCE:

VF - Very fragrant. 'Chrysler Imperial' has a very strong citrus-fruity rose fragrance.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 5 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Chrysler Imperial' is not a very hardy rose and is prone to decline and die back after a few years. It is also susceptible to mildew. It prefers warm climates and the flowers will tend to "blue" in cold weather.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Chrysler Imperial' is is somewhat difficult to grow and propagate, but the beauty and fragrance of the blooms makes it worth the effort.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Good for bedding or mass plantings
    ** Makes good exhibition flowers
    ** Availability is limited

'Chrysler Imperial' is suitable as an exhibition rose or as a landscape plant. Be sure to plant it where you can enjoy the wonderful fragrance.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

'Chrysler Imperial' has won many awards including, AARS, 1953 Gold Medal, ARS, 1956 Gold Medal, Portland, 1951, James Alexander Gamble Fragrance medal, ARS, 1965 John Cook Medal, ARS, 1964.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 95.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 85.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 43.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 421.