Ducher

Cultivar: Ducher

lassification China
Year Introduced 1869
Size Category/Growth Habit Medium Shrub
Height 6 feet
Width 4 feet
Spacing 6 feet apart on centers
Color Ivory white
Bloom Very double. Successive flushes of bloom spring, summer, and fall.
Fragrant Yes
Foliage New growth is bronze, mature foliage is light green.
Planting Site Full sun, good air circulation
Water Use Keep moist until established (usually requires one month to establish). Average water needs during growing season.
Cold Hardiness Hardy in zones 7-9
History Parents are unknown.

Bred in Lyon, France by Jean-Claude Ducher in the year 1869, Ducher, pronounced "doo-shay", is one of a very few white China roses. While the Ducher family bred many lovely roses over a lengthy period, this modest rose is the one they chose of bear their family name. Petals of the medium size blooms are pure white though the light reflected often takes on a creamy color. The bush has been described as looking like snow in a pine forest. The double blooms have a fruity fragrance. The compact and rounded, twiggy bush is a nice landscape shrub either as a specimen plant or in a drift of 3 to 5 plants. The soft fullness of the foliage and showy flowers make this an excellent choice to blend with more structured shrubs in a landscape. It works well in a large pot. Ducher tolerates heat, sun and various soil conditions.

Ducher

Landscape Uses

Ducher is a healthy shrub rose that works well in landscape beds or a container. These plants prefer a well drained soil and do best in full sun. This repeat bloomer makes an excellent specimen plant and the fragrant blossoms are extremely attractive

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About Earth-Kind® Roses

Earth-Kind is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service through the Earth-Kind landscaping program. It is based on the results of extensive research and field trials and is awarded only to those roses demonstrating superior pest tolerance, combined with outstanding landscape performance.

Earth-Kind roses do well in a variety of soil types, ranging from well-drained acid sands to poorly aerated, highly alkaline clays. Once established, these select cultivars also have excellent heat and drought tolerance.

The use of Earth-Kind roses provides the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful flowering plants while limiting the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and water. These sustainable practices are excellent examples of how Earth-Kind landscaping is working to preserve and protect our natural resources and the environment.

 

Ducher
Photo by Libby Wilkes

Rebecca Jordi, CED
Horticulture Agent III
E-mail: rljordi@ufl.edu