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"Whatley Crescent" rose Description
Photo courtesy of Patricia Routley
HMF Ratings:
2 favorite votes.  
Hybrid Tea.  
Red.  It comes in quite a range of reds - scarlets, crimsons, even blackish, A fine white streak has been noted. Flowers come on all levels. In early summer, flowers with a ruffled curliness to the petals have been noted. Plainer petals in autumn.  9 to 25 petals.  Average diameter 3".  
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"Whatley Crescent" was found by Billy West in a Perth suburb. Surrounding houses appear to be of a 1930's 1940's style. This rose always looked as though it was a Tea or a Tea-like HT from a distance.......Close up, there's probably no doubt it's an HT that's been allowed to grow big and has escaped the pruners for a number of seasons, so it's assumed a reasonable shrub shape of about 9 x 9 feet.
From a distance the foliage appears to have a sea-green colour; and closer, a surface lustre of some of the red Teas.

Filaments. Red

Pedicel. Variable. Some are almost smooth, others are lightly to moderately scattered with glands. Most have at least a few stalked glands

Prickles. Both the flower stalks and the old woody branches had very few prickles, while some of the laterals were moderately armed.

Possible identifications
Star of Queensland 1909 (Star of Q'ld x Red Letter Day) Semi-double, cup-shaped.
Red Letter Day 1914 Petals twist backward & give fl a ragged shape. No perfume.
Midnight Sun . 1921 (Red Letter Day x Star of Q’d.) Produced singly on long stems. Nearly scentless
Scorcher 1922 Early summer blooms show a strong resemblance to McFarland's p241 and G. A. Stevens' photo.
Dr. F.G. Chandler 1938.
Southport 1930

K. of K. 1917 Kitchener of Khartoum) Intense scarlet. Perfumed. Central boss of stamens
Hawlmark Crimson Receptacle is the wrong shape.
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