'Frances Fisher' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Rupert, Kim L.
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Cream and pink blend. Mild to strong, spice fragrance. 5 to 8 petals. Average diameter 3". Medium to large, single (4-8 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, flat bloom form. Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season. Pointed buds.
Arching, bushy, rounded. Large, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.
Height of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm). Width of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default). Can be used for beds and borders, garden, hedge, landscape, shrub or specimen. Can be grown as a shrub. heat tolerant. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, very mildew resistant. Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. Can be pruned to maintain a shorter habit.
Single Hybrid Teas have long been favorites of mine. Early in practicing to breed seedlings, I decided to see which of my roses made good seed parents. Both Mrs. Oakley Fisher and Frances Ashton set very viable seed easily. Since both are long held favorites of mine, I decided to see what may result from the combination. Frances Fisher was born!
When I decided to call her, Frances Fisher, it was an attempt to remember the breeding, not for the actress of that name. Some years later, I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Fisher, and eventually tell her of the rose which shared her name. She thought it neat!
Frances Fisher produces a creamy-white, single, very fragrant bloom which opens flat from pointed buds. These sit very beautifully against dark, semi glossy foliage. I liked the seedling from its first bloom, and single Hybrid Teas are not as common as they once were. Luckily, Ashdown also liked it and is currently the only source for it.