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'Carefree Beauty' rose Description
'Carefree Beauty' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Jean Marion (Decobug)
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
77 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Medium pink Shrub.
Registration name: BUCbi
Exhibition name: Carefree Beauty
Origin:
Bred by Dr. Griffith J. Buck (United States, 1977).
Class:
Shrub.  Buck Roses Collection, Earth Kind ™.  
Bloom:
Pink, ages to light pink .  Strong, sweet fragrance.  15 to 20 petals.  Average diameter 4.5".  Large, semi-double to double, cupped-to-flat bloom form.  Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  Large buds.  
Habit:
Upright.  Medium, medium green foliage.  
Height of 4' to 5' (120 to 150 cm).  Width of 4' (120 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 4b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders or specimen.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 4,225  on  21 Mar 1978   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 749540  on  10 Dec 1976
Griffith J. Buck
... characterized by its tolerance to cold winter temperatures, its continuous and profuse vase-life production of very large, delicate pink flowers throughout the growing season, and its adaptability for use as a low shrub or as a mass effect, low-maintenance bedding plant... originated as a seedling resulting from breeding efforts carried on by me since 1949 at Iowa State University with the object of producing winter-cold resistant everblooming garden roses suitable for use either as bedding plants or small shrubs, the new plant resulting from a cross of an unnamed seedling derived from "Applejack" (unpatented); "Dean Collins", P.P. 1279; "Queen Elizabeth", P.P. 1259; "Independence", P.P. 1036; and "Improved Lafayette" (unpatented) as the seed parent, and "Prairie Princess" (unpatented) as the pollen parent... the new plant was discovered in 1969
Notes:
In September 1998, the Montreal Botanical Garden (Le Jardin Botanique de Montreal) carried out a survey of its roses' resistance to black spot, powdery mildew and rust. This is one of the outstanding varieties which showed a 0% to 5% infection rate. The data were taken on well-established roses.

From email: This rose is also known by the misnomer 'Katy Road Pink' (a "found" rose).
For clarification of SEED PARENT, see info under Patent.

One of the Roses that "passed the test" in Longwood Garden's Ten-Year Rose Trials.