'Stretch Johnson' rose Description
Photo courtesy of David Elliott
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Red blend Shrub.Registration name: MACfirwalExhibition name:
Orange-red, yellow centre and occasionally white rim. Pink-yellow reverse. None to mild fragrance. 13 to 18 petals. Average diameter 4". Small to medium, semi-double (9-16 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, flat bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Small buds.
Tall, bushy, thornless (or almost). Large, semi-glossy, bronze-green foliage.
Height of up to 5' 11" (up to 180 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Can be used for garden, shrub or specimen. Vigorous. produces decorative hips. 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.
Rock 'n' Roll - Macfirwal. Nicknamed First Walk
Australia - Application No: 1990/129 on 12 Dec 1990 VIEW PBR PATENT
Synonym: MACfirwal. Applicant: Sam McGredy Roses International.
United States - Patent No: PP 7,472 VIEW USPTO PATENT
According to Paula Ballin, this rose was named for Floyd "Stretch" Johnson, a founding member of the Milwaukee Rose Society. Stretch has been instrumental in preserving and protecting Old Garden Roses, and encourages people to grow these remnants of living history.