This is a long loved variety, and is an old garden rose, sometimes classed as a china rose by some authorities. 'Cecile Brunner' patently has its origins in Asia, although some believe its parentage to be Rosa Multiflora and Rosa Chinensis. Almost thornless, it repeatedly produces large clusters of very small, perfectly shaped pink blooms. The long, pointed buds open to pale, silvery pink flowers that when grown on a north wall, where it will also perform really well, can add a lightness that is otherwise lacking. The perfectly formed miniature blooms are
double and rise above light red peduncles.
It is a climbing rose bush with sparse light green foliage and is extremely healthy. The continuous blooming is one reason that is has been so popular for so long, The scent is sweet and delicately spicy. Named for the daughter of Ulrich Brunner, renowned rose grower at Lausanne, Switzerland. Highly recommended.
AWARDS: Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit, 1994.
The World Federation Of Rose Societies entered Cecile Brunner into the Society's Old Rose Hall Of Fame an honour shared with just 11 other roses. Madame Alfred Carriere, Charles De Mills, Gloire De Dijon, Gruss en Teplitz, Madame Hardy, Old Blush, Mutabilis, Rosa Gallica Officinalis, Rosa Mundi, Banksiae Lutea and Sourenir De La Malmaison.