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'WEZeip' rose Description
'Paradise ™ (hybrid tea, Weeks 1978)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Hill's Coastal MS Garden is NOW Hill's Coastal Northwest Garden
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Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
90 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: WEZeip
Exhibition name: Paradise ™
Origin:
Bred by O.L. "Ollie" Weeks (United States, 1975).
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Lavender, red edges.  Moderate, rose fragrance.  25 to 30 petals.  Average diameter 4".  Large, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, high-centered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Armed with thorns / prickles, upright.  Large, glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm).  Width of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, cut flower or garden.  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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 4,552  on  24 Jun 1980   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 06/001,709  on  8 Jan 1979
This application is a continuation of application Ser. No. 845,239 filed Oct. 25, 1977 now abandoned.
The present invention relates to a new and distinct variety of rose plant of the hybrid tea class, identified by me as #75-R-41, which I originated by crossing the seed parent "Swarthmore", U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,444, with a pollen parent, being an unnamed seedling which I identify in my records as No. 64110-D-34, which was the result of a complicated series of crosses involving Angel Face, U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,792, Sterling Silver, U.S. Plant Pat. No. 1,433, Circus, U.S. Plant Pat. No. 1,382 and Lavender Pinocchio, U.S. Plant Pat. No. 947, to perpetuate certain of the valuable aspects of each of the parents and endeavor to produce a new and distinct variety which has been in fact the result hereof.
Notes:
Breeder John Sheldon provided the following information about this rose: Some roses fade in the sun, some roses darken in the sun, some roses actually change color in the sun. Roses such as 'Elina','Double Delight', 'Headliner', 'Color Magic' and 'Paradise' all show these traits. In my breeding program, I have worked on making them more dramatic and bringing in new genes. And... it was an area of hybridizing that others were ignoring. At on point these traits were seen as faults. 'Double Delight' was almost discarded because it was thought to be just another WHITE rose. Only later were it's phototropic characteristics seen when it turned red in the sun.