'Cécile Brünner CL'

(Pronounced: Ce-CILLE BURNE-ner)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Cécile Brünner CL' , 'Maltese Rose CL' , 'Mignon CL' , 'Mlle. Cécile Brünner CL' , 'Mme. Cécile Brünne CLr' , 'Sweetheart Rose CL'

 

'Cécile Brünner CL'

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'Cécile Brünner CL' is a vigorous climbing sport of Cécile Brünner, and can reach heights of 20'. It has a spectacular spring bloom and sometimes repeats with sporadic flowers through the summer and fall.

 

'Cécile Brünner CL'

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The buds resemble tiny perfectly formed high-centered tea rose buds, and open to small (3/4" - 1-1/2") pink pom-poms that fade to near white.

 

'Cécile Brünner CL'

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The blooms occur in clusters with the buds opening at slightly different times. This results in clusters that contain all of the normal forms of the flower.

 

'Cécile Brünner CL'

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The tiny high-centered buds peeking out ffrom the shade of the mother plant are exquisitely beautiful, and fragrant as well.

 

'Cécile Brünner CL'

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'Cécile Brünner CL' is not a plant for the faint hearted. This is a four-year old specimen that has completely eaten an arbor, and I have seen specimens that completely covered a 30' windmill tower.

 
 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

This is the climbing sport of Cécile Brünner. The beautiful little “sweetheart” buds open to cupped very double blooms that reflex to pom-poms. The fragrant blooms repeat throughout the growing season, but are most prolific in the spring.

'Cécile Brünner CL' originated in California in 1894.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

Cl Pol

 
SEED
PARENT:

Climbing sport of 'Cécile Brünner'  

POLLEN
PARENT:

 

BREEDER:

Hosp  

INTRODUCED:

'Cécile Brünner CL' appeared in California and was discovered by Hosp in 1894. It was introduced into commerce in 1904.  

DATE:

1894 [ United States ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    15 '     to    20 '          



'Cécile Brünner CL' is a very vigorous climber that can reach heights of 15' - 25'.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is mid-green, but not particularly shiny. The leaves are smooth, lancelot in shape and approximately 1" long.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

R - Repeat. 'Cécile Brünner CL' repeats, but its most spectacular bloom is in the mid to late spring (late April or early May in the Texas Hill Country). The spring display is truly unbelievable, followed by fewer blooms in summer and the fall.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    1.00"      to      1.50"           Cluster Size:    5      to      15           Petal Count:    40 to 50          

The form of the 'Cécile Brünner CL' buds earned it the name of the "Sweetheart Rose". They are perfectly formed like tiny high-centered tea rose buds, and open to very double flowers that reflex to form pom-poms with hundreds of petals.

Depending on the growing conditions, the blooms can be rather small (3/4" - 1") or somewhat larger (approximately 1-1/2") when fully opened. The blooms of 'Cécile Brünner CL' are somewhat larger and darker than the bush version of 'Cécile Brünner'.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

lp - Light Pink. 'Cécile Brünner CL' blooms are light pink in color. The buds are darker than the blooms and somewhat salmon pink in color. As the flowers age, they grow successively paler, and may appear nearly white with only a hint of pink.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

The blooms pale somewhat as they age, and lose the salmon tint.  

FRAGRANCE:

mf - Moderately Fragrant. 'Cécile Brünner CL' has a very pleasing sweet fragrance.

 
HIPS:

Orange, Globose, 1/2". 'Cécile Brünner CL' produces rather few hips, but they are very attractive.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 6 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Cécile Brünner CL' tolerates various forms of horticultural abuse ranging from poor soils to partial shade. It is much more vigorous than the bush form of Cécile Brünner and has no particular disease problems.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Cécile Brünner CL' is very easy to grow and is readily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Suitable for growing in greenhouses
    ** Availability is limited

Given the opportunity, 'Cécile Brünner CL' will happily cover any moderate-sized and available support. A wonderful example was the windmill at the Antique Rose Emporium several years ago, where a specimien reached more than halfway up the tower.

Because of its natural umbrella shape and great vigor, umbrella shaped structures through trees. (see Antique Roses for the South, p. 33).

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:
 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 81.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 382.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 54.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 54.

Druitt, Liz. The Organic Rose Garden. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company. 1996, p. 46.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, pp. 223-224, 238-239.