Chrysler Imperial rose, a classic hybrid tea rose that's been around since the 1950's.
The blooms of this rose have a dramatic and beautiful red color and an exquisite rose fragrance which is the reason Imperial Chrysler roses are still very popular.The buds are elegantly tapered and open into high-centered flowers up to 5 inches across, with a rich, deep, velvety red color.
The strongly scented flowers start blooming in late spring and repeat throughout the summer, with another good flush of blooms in the fall.
The foilage is semi-glossy and deep green with thorny canes. The rose grows almost 6 feet tall about 3 feet wide, showing more growth in warmer climates.
The Chrysler Imperial motor car is a thing of the past, but the sumptuous 'Chrysler Imperial' rose, after which it was named, is still a widely popular hybrid tea rose.
Mature Plant Height: 5.9 feet.
Bloom Size: 4.3 inches.
Flowering: midseason, repeats.
Fragrance: very strong and sweet.
Year Introduced: by Lammers, US, 1952.
Awards Won: Portland Gold Medal 1952, AARS 1953, Gamble Fragrance Award 1965.
American Rose Society Rating: 7.8
Hardiness Zone: zone 6.
This rose plant has a fairly stiff, upright form, so it looks best if planted in groups of three or more, for a more bushier look.
The fragrant, long-stemmed rose flowers make excellent cut flowers, so you might want to grow these roses in a cutting garden with good sun exposure.
A sunny site is a must, as roses are not shade tolerant in general, and flower poorly with less than 6 hours of direct sun per day during the season.
It's not a cold hardy rose, in fact the growing problems are, it's prone to diseases, such as blackspot and mildew, particularly in cool climates.
Plant it in a spot with good air circulation and be prepared to spray if blackspot and mildew is a problem in your area.