Jaune Desprez is a most interesting Southern rose for refined tastes able to appreciate the subtle complexity of its evocative haunting fragrance and the charm of its distribution of bloom throughout the summer. On our Zone 8a hilltop, battered several times a year by fierce winds, we grow the darkly evergreen Jaune Desprez in a sheltered location and we know we need to check pots of it several times a winter to trim out the piano key black freeze damage that will continue down into the roots if it is not trimmed off in a timely manner. In nearby Zone 7, Ashland, I know a couple of locations where it is overwintered successfully as a climber outdoors with a bit of wind protection and a watchful eye for freeze damage. Jaune Desprez gives a stunning spring display of pastel apricot bloom followed by continuous clusters evenly distributed about the plant throughout the summer. Some might regard the lighter bloom in later flushes as inferior. I do not. It is heavy enough to provide charm and unique, incomparable fragrance throughout the summer.
Introduced in 1830.