Back in the late eighties when I first became enamoured with Old Fashioned Roses there were many Noisette Roses on my "must have" list. At the time I was discussing them with a knowledgeable Rosarian who was quick to tell me that the name wasn't pronounced like the English word for noise i.e. "Noise-ettes" but it was pronounced "Nwah-zeht's" as per the French language. Now that I know these roses were bred and developed by the French born Noisette brothers, Philippe and Louis this makes perfect sense. What doesn't make sense is that Noisette is actually the feminine French word for Hazlenut, so these roses aren't noisy, just a little nutty... but I digress.
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Noisette Roses eventuated from a deliberate cross between a hybrid Rosa chinensis, namely "Old Blush" (the importance of which we have previously mentioned) and Rosa moschata. This cross was done in 1803, in the USA, by John Champney, hence we have the rose called "Champney"s Pink Cluster" which is the official flower of Charleston. Mr Champney passed on a seedling to his friend Philippe Noisette who at the time resided in Charleston and ran the first specialist rose nursery in the USA. Philippe in turn sent seed and plants to his brother in France who named the first seedlings Les Rosiers de Philippe Noisette. Eventually this was shortened to Noisette.
Characteristics of Noisette Roses
- Small to medium blooms often borne in clusters
- Very fragrant
- Light green glossy foliage
- Thorny Stems
- Many are climbers
- Pruned in Winter
- Most flower more than once a season
Some of our favourites are Lamarque, Celine Forestier, Mme Alfred Carriere, Crepuscule, and Gloire de Dijon to name a few.
Climber - Noisette. An almost thornless rose with clusters of pure white blooms that decorate the ends of flexible branches. The flowers appear in summer and are lightly scented. The foliage is generally healthy. The perfect rose to climb through a tree. From France, dating back to 1828.
Colour: White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 3m
Climber - Noisette. We just love this rose at Wairere and it is much admired in our garden. Seldom without a bloom from spring through to autumn. The flowers are a silky shade of apricot yellow with a loose relaxed petal formation. Good sweet fragrance and simply stunning in full bloom. Few thorns. 1904.
Colour: Apricot / Yellow Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 1.5m
Climber - Noisette. A fabulous climbing rose that repeats well. The blooms have a delightful fruity fragrance and are a soft combination of yellow tinged with pink. The flowers appear in clusters on long stems that have a natural mottled effect. Allow this rose space to show off its beauty. 1835.
Colour: Yellow / Cream Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 3m
Climber Noisette. A beautiful, repeat flowering old rose that has large, full, quartered flowers of buff apricot that have a delicious old world fragrance. After 150 years it is still a firm favourite. Sometimes known as 'The Old Glory Rose'. 1853.
Colour: Apricot / Cream Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 2.5m
Climber - Noisette. Large, white, double, flat and quartered blooms appear en masse on almost thorn-less stems. A very fragrant rose that has become one of the rose world's favourite white climbers. A vigorous grower that repeats well from spring to summer. Just lovely. 1830.
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 2.5m
Climber - Noisette. Masses of milky white, cupped and very fragrant blooms that are blushed with pink decorate the relatively thorn free canes. An exceptional rose that reaches great heights. Repeats well from spring through to autumn and the pale green foliage is lush and abundant. 1879.
This is a wonderful rose to grow through large trees where it will seduce you with its fragrance and beauty as you walk beneath.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4.5m x 3m