"Gilbert's Red"

(Pronounced: GILL-bertz RED)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

"Gilbert's Red"

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"Gilbert's Red" was found growing in the Texas Hill Country near Boerne, and its oral history extends back to the 1850's.

An identical rose "Victoria Evergreen China", was found in the 1980's growing in the Victoria Evergreen Cemetery, which some rosarians believe to be the original 'Cramoisi Superieur'.

 

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"Gilbert's Red" flowers are double, deeply cupped, and 3" in diameter. The leaves curve inward, giving the bloom a ball shape as it opens.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

"Gilbert's Red" was found growing in the Texas Hill Country near Boerne, and its oral history extends back to the 1850's. It is the same rose as "Victoria Evergreen China", which was found in the 1980's growing in the Victoria Evergreen Cemetery.

Some rosarians believe that "Victoria Evergreen China" may be the original 'Cramoisi Superieur'. If this is the case, then "Gilbert's Red" is also the original 'Cramoisi Superieur'.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensi

 
GROUP:

Found

 
CLASS:

Ch

 
SEED
PARENT:

Unknown  

POLLEN
PARENT:

Unknown  

BREEDER:

Unknown  

INTRODUCED:

"Gilbert's Red" was found growing in the Texas Hill Country near Boerne. It was introduced by the Peaceful Habitations Rose Gardens in 1999.  

DATE:

Before 1870 [ United States ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    4 '     to    5 '           Width:    3 '     to    4 '



"Gilbert's Red" is a moderate bush 3 to 4 feet in height, with typically China branching patterns.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

"Gilbert's Red" foliage is medium green and dull.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

R - Repeat. "Gilbert's Red" starts blooming in March in the Texas Hill Country and repeats in cycles throughout the growing season.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    2.50"      to      3.00"           Cluster Size:    3      to      5           Petal Count:    30 to 35          

"Gilbert's Red" flowers are double, deeply cupped, and 3" in diameter. The leaves curve inward, giving the bloom a spherical shape as it opens.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

DR - Dark Red. "Gilbert's Red" blooms are dark red, bordering on blood red.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

MF - Moderately Fragrant. "Gilbert's Red" is moderately fragrant.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 7 - 9  

CULTURE:

"Gilbert's Red" is very hardy and disease resistant rose, that adapts to adverse soil conditions. It will tolerate some shade, but prefers sun.

 
PROPAGATION:

"Gilbert's Red" is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Good for bedding or mass plantings
    ** Suitable for hedging and fence rows
    ** Availability is limited  

ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

The oral history of "Gilbert's Red" came from one of our neighbor, who's great grandmother brought it with her when she came to Kendall County in a covered wagon in the 1850's.

 
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