Picture and comment on the rose Excellenz von Schubert from Christine, Reno NV.
Often you have a rose for many years before you really can see what its
shape and size is going to be, and before there is enough wood that you
can really experiment with how best to prune and shape it. Such has
been the case with Excellenz von Schubert. My Excellenz von Schubert rose started as a twig,
planted in fall 2002. Five and a half years later, I can see the shape
of the mature plant developing. It is now 4 1/2 ft tall and looks like
it could fill an 8 foot circle if it didn't have neighbors to contend with.
Thisbe, Jean LaJoie and Escapade mingle their own long reaching canes
with the thornless ones of Excellenz von Schubert. All this builds a glorious early summer
picture with small blooms of creamy yellow Thisbe and sprays of
perfect little pink blooms Jean LaJoie backed by the more upright light purple
Escapade, and the variegated mauve of Excellenz von Schubert. So this year I finally am
able to really get into this mess of canes and trim out the weak.
Thornlessness helps greatly, both in the danger factor and in sorting
out which canes are from where.
Excellenz von Schubert has had some ugly burnt looking leaves in summer here, but has
recovered by fall. Now that the weak wood is all removed, I will be
watching to see whether that tendency is outgrown. It took four years
to begin reblooming - definitely a rose which needs maturity to show
what it can do, hard won here, but worth the wait.