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"Old Town Novato" rose Description
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Photo courtesy of Cass
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
14 favorite votes.  
Origin:
Discovered by Cassandra Bernstein (2003).
Class:
Found Rose, Hybrid Perpetual.  
Bloom:
Fuchsia / magenta to deep pink, lighter reverse.  Strong, old rose fragrance.  80 to 110 petals.  Average diameter 3.5".  Medium-large, very full (41+ petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, in large clusters, button-eye, flat to cupped, old-fashioned, quartered, reflexed bloom form.  Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium, long sepals, decorative, fragrant buds.  
Habit:
Tall, arching, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, suckers on its own roots, upright.  Large, matte, medium green, fragrant foliage.  3 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of up to 5' (up to 150 cm).  Width of up to 4' (up to 120 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for beds and borders, garden or landscape.  Vigorous.  flowers drop off cleanly.  Disease susceptibility: disease resistant.  Cut back one-half every year..  Feed this rose well.  Remove spent blooms only.  
Notes:
"Old Town Novato" appears to be identical in growth habit, cane color and texture, and armature to the found rose, "Jay's Hudson Perpetual" as grown in the Historic Rose Garden of the Sacramento Old City Cemetery.

"Old Town Novato" also closely resembles another found rose, "Redwood Union Cemetery HP" which Vintage Gardens has apparently decided is the same variety. I have grown both plants, and, though still young, "Union Redwood Cemetery HP" consistently had half the petals of "Old Town Novato." "Old Town Novato" is very easy to propagate from both hard wood and soft wood."
Complete details about this rose can be found at
http://www.rosefog.us/OTN.html
 
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