Francois Juranville, introduced by Barbier in 1906, is an old cottage garden rambler having small clusters of coral pink blooms with deeper shadings and hints of yellow around the base. In full flush it provides a spectacular display in early summer and, because of its long pliable stems it has fewer thorns than its near relative Albertine and is easier to control. The two roses are often confused but, in many ways, Francois Juranville is far superior. The foliage is dark green with bronze hints. It occasionally produces a small second flush in autumn. It is reasonably disease resistant.
Francois Juranville is a delightful rambling rose with a delicate scent and long pliable stems that are only slightly thorny and are covered with bronze tinted dark green leaves. The full flush of coral pink flowers in early summer is quite spectacular. It will tolerate a little shade and can, therefore, be grown on a north wall. It is very versatile and can be used climbing into trees, over hedges or over pergolas and arches or even to cover a shed. Although its final height is around 15' it has been known to exceed 25' in some situations. It is related to the rambler 'Albertine' but is far easier to control and considered superior.
Colour: Coral pink
Flower shape: Flat, double blooms
Fragrance: Light apple scent
Final height and spread: 15' x 10' (4.5m x 3m
Flowering season: Summer flowering
Disease resistance: Quite good but prone to mildew
In 1866 German lawyer and botanist M E Wichura discovered a rose in Japan and the species is called Wichuraiana. In 1890 Rene Barbier (1845-1931) of Barbier Freres & Compagnie, an early twentieth-century French company based near Orleans in France, imported some of these species roses from the United States and started hybridizing them with various Tea and China roses. He was brilliantly successful and nearly all of his roses are still grown and widely available. Almost all his roses can be seen in the Roseraie de L'Hay and in the famous Madeira Rose Garden. Francois Juranville is a cross between Rosa Wichuraiana and a China Rose called Madam Laurette Messimy and it is the latter that gives Francois Juranville blooms their colour and shape.