'Marie van Houtte'

(Pronounced: Ma-REE Van HAU-te)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Marie van Houtte' , 'Mlle. Marie van Houtte'

'Marie van Houtte'

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'Marie van Houtte' is a very vigorous, repeat-blooming tea rose bush that produces abundant medium-large cup-shaped double yellow blossoms.

 

'Marie van Houtte'

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'Marie van Houtte' has an interesting property, in that the sunlight causes the yellow petals of the blooms to change to pink and then to carmine.

The result is that, like Mutabilis, the plant will display a variety of colored blooms. This picture illustrates a yellow bud next to a very old carmine blossom.

 

'Marie van Houtte'

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'Marie van Houtte' forms a spreading upright bush. These specimens were just over one year old. The ultimate size of the plant can range from 8' to 9'.

 

'Marie van Houtte'

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The blooms open butter yellow, fully double, and cupped.

 

'Marie van Houtte'

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As they open further, they flatten somewhat exposing a dense muddle of central petals. The color normally starts to change when the flower is fully opened if there is sufficient sunlight.

 

'Marie van Houtte'

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'Marie van Houtte' blooms react to ultraviolet in sunlight and become progressively darker pink the longer they are exposed.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Marie van Houtte' is an important and very vigorous tea rose with medium-large globular blossoms that change color in sunlight from lemon yellow to carmine. Similar to Mrs. Dudley Cross, this rose is more vigorous and has a more substantial blush.

The Van Houttes were a well known family of nurserymen from Belgium. This rose was presumably named for one of the ladies in the family, and quite a lady she must have been.

When you see an old yellow tea rose with pink tinges to the petals that is so vigorous and strong looking that it is a little unsettling, you are almost certainly looking at Marie Van Houtte.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

T

 
SEED
PARENT:

'Madame de Tartas'  

POLLEN
PARENT:

'Madame Falcot'  

BREEDER:

Ducher  

INTRODUCED:

'Marie van Houtte' was introduced by Ducher (France) in 1871.  

DATE:

1871 [ France ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    5 '     to    8 '           Width:    4 '     to    5 '



'Marie van Houtte' normally forms a semi-erect bush between 4' and 6' in height. However, old specimens have been observed with heights in excess of 10'.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is a distinctive dull green, reminiscent of olives.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. 'Marie van Houtte' starts blooming mid-spring and repeats throughout the growing season.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    3.50"      to      4.50"           Cluster Size:    3      to      5           Petal Count:    50 to 60          

'Marie van Houtte' flowers are double, medium-large (3" - 4"), and globular. The flowers have an interesting property. In the sunlight the color of the petals change from yellow, to pink, and then to carmine.

The result is that, like Mutabilis, the plant will display a variety of colored blooms. As the buds open, the sepals separate allowing the sunlight to reach portions of the underlying petals, display yellow "images" of the sepals.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

pb - Pink blend. 'Marie van Houtte' blooms open with a creamy lemon-yellow color and blush to successively darker shades of pink.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

Changes from yellow to carmine in sunlight.  

FRAGRANCE:

VF - 'Marie van Houtte' has a strong sweet tea scent.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 7 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Marie van Houtte' is prefers sunny locations but will tolerate partial shade and poor soils.

'Marie van Houtte' shows no tendency to disease, and is extremely low maintenance.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Marie van Houtte' is readily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Requires sunny location to thrive
    ** Suitable for growing in pots
    ** Suitable for growing in greenhouses
    ** Availability is limited

'Marie van Houtte' has some tendency to sprawl and is best grown against a wall. It is also lovely cascading over a low fence.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:
 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 359.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 34.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 385.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, p. 153.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, pp. 214, 239.