'Golden Medal' rose Description
Photo courtesy of A Capitol Hill Rose Garden (1915)
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Golden-yellow, copper shading, ages to cream . Mild, fruity, spice, tea fragrance. 30 to 40 petals. Average diameter 4.5". Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, classic hybrid tea, high-centered to cupped, reflexed bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Medium, long sepals buds.
Tall, bushy, thornless (or almost), upright, well-branched. Large, semi-glossy, dark green, dense foliage.
Height of 30" to 6' (75 to 185 cm). Width of 3' (90 cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer. Can be used for cut flower, garden or specimen. Hardy. heat tolerant. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant. Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .
New Zealand - Patent No: PVR Grant 219 on 5 Jun 1984
Application on 24 Feb 1983
The breeder's Reference for this rose is 75129-2
. The New Zealand Trade Name is 'Gold Medal'. This PVR Grant expires June 5, 2007.
United States - Patent No: PP 5,177 on 17 Jan 1984 VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 413831 on 1 Sep 1982
Inventor: Jack E. Christensen (Ontario, CA). Assignee: Armstrong Nurseries, Inc. (Ontario, CA)... a new grandiflora [with
] deep yellow gold coloration [that
] lasts well throughout the life of the flower... its above average hardiness and disease resistance are especially unique among other yellow roses; its true grandiflora habit is unusual among yellow roses... Parentage: 'Yellow Pages' x ('Granada' x 'Garden Party')... The plant bears its flowers sometimes singly, usually three or more to a stem in regular rounded clusters on strong, long stems...
Described as one of the best American-produced roses of the 80s.
Gold Medal was removed from the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens (ARBG) Display Trial because its trial period expired.