Thomas Maney Rose Developments

Professor Thomas Maney 1888-1922

Thomas Maney
Thomas Maney
Courtesy of Special Collections

Department/ Iowa State University


Thomas Maney joined the Department of Horticulture in 1912 immediately after graduating from the horticulture program. On staff for thirty three years, he was head for twenty eight of those years of the pomology sub section of the Agriculture Experiment Station. Known mainly for his work on hardy dwarf apple rootstock, professor Maney also did extensive work on raspberries, strawberries, junipers and roses.

Professor Maney and roses

Professor Maney’s rose research goal was to develop rose varieties that were thorn-less and hardy to the Midwest climate. In addition he worked to develop compatible hardy under-stock for use on other newly developed rose varieties. One thorn-less variety was a cross between Rosa blanda and Rosa multiflora which yielded a six foot shrub rose, hardy to -20. This rose with its delicate fragrant flowers tinged with pink, was unfortunately never named or released. His under-stock  ‘Ames 5’ and ‘Ames 6’ although not popular in the trade for use as under-stock, proved valuable in later breeding projects due to their resistance to root-knot nematode. In addition to this his breeding work yielded four hardy climbing roses,’ Maytime’, ‘Prairie Moon’, ‘Tom Maney’ and ‘Lois Maney’, unfortunately these varieties were never released because at the time consumer interest was in roses with repeat bloom and not winter hardiness.