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'Mel's Heritage' rose Description
'Mel's Heritage' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Janine Arlette
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
79 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Apricot or apricot blend Hybrid Wichurana.
Registration name: Ardheritage
Exhibition name: Mel's Heritage
Origin:
Bred by Paul Barden (United States, 2003).
Class:
Hybrid Wichurana.  
Bloom:
Peachy pink/copper fading to pale pink.  Mild to strong, apple fragrance.  45 to 65 petals.  Average diameter 2.5".  Medium, very full (41+ petals), cluster-flowered bloom form.  Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  Small buds.  
Habit:
Tall, climbing, lax.  Medium, glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 8' to 20' (245 to 610 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6a and warmer.  Can be used for ground cover or pillar.  Very vigorous.  heat tolerant.  prefers full sun.  Disease susceptibility: blackspot resistant, mildew resistant, rust resistant.  Remove unproductive wood every third year or so.  
Breeder's notes:
This seedling was given to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden in 2005 for trial purposes. I had neglected to follow up on this rose until recently. Reports of its superb qualities at the San Jose Heritage garden have encouraged me to consider commercial release of it, which may happen as soon as 2009. It will be a special release through the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden to raise funds for maintenance and expansion of the garden. It is now called 'Mel's Heritage' to honor one of its previous directors who was well known by many who visited the Heritage. Mel's contributions to the Heritage were instrumental in making it the world class collection it is today.

Its ploidy is unknown at this time, but I suspect it may be a Diploid, as its seed parent is Diploid and I wonder if 'Crepuscule' is as well.
Ploidy:
Unknown
Notes:
The seed parent, 0-47-19 = Rosa wichurana Crépin × Floradora
 
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