'Empress Joséphine' rose Description
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Gallica / Provins, Turbinata.
Pink, pink edges. Cherry-pink. Strong fragrance. Large, semi-double to double, globular bloom form. Once-blooming spring or summer.
Arching, bushy, thornless (or almost). Light green, dense foliage.
Height: 4' to 5½' (120 to 165cm). Width: 4' to 5' (120 to 150cm).
USDA zone 4b through 8b. Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood.. Prune after flowering is finished.
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R. francofurtana is a class of species crossings, of which there have been a number of cultivars. 'Empress Joséphine' or 'Impératrice Joséphine' (see) is one such, which is often confused with the botanical R. francofurtana. 'Impératrice Joséphine' is strongly fragrant and semi-double to double, while 'R. francofurtana' is slightly fragrant and single to semi-double.
DNA analysis has shown 'Impératrice Josàphine' to be closely related to 'Versicolor'. - see References.
The Swedish Rose Society recommends Empress Josephine for northern Sweden.