'OADEFED' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Barden, Paul
White or white blend. Mild to strong, linseed oil fragrance. 12 to 15 petals. Average diameter 1.5". Small, semi-double (9-16 petals), in small clusters, flat, reflexed bloom form. Spring or summer flush with scattered later bloom. Pointed, ovoid buds.
Tall, arching, armed with thorns / prickles, upright. Medium, matte, medium green, attractive fall color foliage.
Height of 5' to 8' (150 to 245 cm). Width of 3' (90 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 9b. Can be used for garden, hedge, landscape or specimen. Hardy. very vigorous. drought resistant. flowers drop off cleanly. heat tolerant. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.
There are two seedlings combined here. The Once Blooming Seedling is double, open, light pink fading blush. It tends to bloom more at the ends of upright canes and only in late spring to early summer. The color, texture of petals and scent remind me a great deal of Suzanne. It does sucker, but not profusely, tending rather to remain in a tighter clump.
The Repeat Blooming Seedling is a far more vigorously spreading plant. It scatters flowers from early summer through fall and will produce them on any cane surface it desires. This plant is more arching in growth than the Once Blooming Seedling and easily produces blooming laterals on more horizontally growing canes. The bud color is very pale, blush pink, fading pure "refrigerator white" like Fedtschenkoana itself. Not that the species has a blush pink bud, but the finished flower color is like the species. This is the seedling Paul Barden has well used to rather amazing effect!
Both seedlings have very soft, papery petals. Both have well scented sepals, peduncles and new growth tips. Both have a good dose of the "noble fir with hardwood smoke" of the species and both have flowers highly scented of linseed oil. Both are seed and pollen fertile. Both are deciduous. The Once Blooming Seedling has foliage which turns from the turquoise/blue/silver/green to dried tan autumn leaves. The Repeat Blooming Seedling will, with the proper weather, turn rather gold from its more intensely colored silver/turquoise/blue/green spring foliage, before dropping its leaves. Both have highly colored new growth, showing tints of plum, cranberry and lavender depending upon the heat and intensity of light.
Suckers, cuttings and bud wood are available to anyone interested for the cost of postage. I have not attempted to root either, but as I've experienced with other suckering roses, I would think they would be more successfully propagated through suckers or budding.
Once flowering seedling culled 11/7/12 due to room.