Burgundy Iceberg

Burgundy Iceberg, a sport of the parent plant that was discovered in Australia in 1998. Other than the color, it’s pretty well identical in form and habit to the original plant.

Burgundy Iceberg
Burgundy Iceberg

While the White Iceberg has never been one of my favorite roses, I do have to admire the unusual color of this particular variety.

Maybe it’s just the cooler climate, but all 3 bushes we have in the garden suffer from nodding blooms. So it’s probably not going to make a great cut flower. While I have seen this described as having a “mild fragrance” I think you need a fairly vivid imagination to detect any scent. Again, just like the parent.

 

Even though I do like this color, I’m not certain it really “goes” with anything. It’s very dark, and we have it planted against a whitewashed wall, which helps bring out the color. However, it seems like it could just get a little lost without that pale background. My S.I.L has a row of them as standards along her front fence. She likes them, but they seem just a little bit… well, boring, to be honest.

It grows to around 3-4 feet, and produces a decent crop of blooms once the warmer weather starts.