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'Cheshire Rose' Description
'Alba Maxima' rose photo
Photo courtesy of flodur
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
313 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
ARS:
White, near white or white blend Alba.
Registration name: Alba Maxima
Exhibition name: Alba Maxima
Origin:
Bred by Unknown (before 1500).
Class:
Alba, Species Cross.  
Bloom:
White, yellow highlights.  Strong, sweet fragrance.  Large, very double bloom form.  Once-blooming spring or summer.  Glandular sepals, leafy sepals buds.  
Habit:
Height of 6' to 8' 2" (185 to 250 cm).  Width of 4' to 5' (120 to 150 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 3b through 9b.  Prune after flowering is finished.  Prune lightly until this rose gets established (about two years), then prune it back by about a third..  This rose blooms on old wood.  
Ploidy:
Hexaploid
Notes:
Rosa alba var. florepleno hort. ex Andrews. Roses 1:t.12. 1810.

Different opinions about parentage, please see References.
Sets hips.
The Swedish Rose Society recommends Maxima for northern Sweden.
 
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