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'Débutante' rose Description
'Débutante (hybrid wichurana, Walsh, 1900)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Rene/ R
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Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Light pink Hybrid Wichurana.
Origin:
Bred by Michael H. Walsh (United States, before 1900).
Introduced in Australia by Hazlewood Bros. Pty. Ltd. in before 1911 as 'Débutante'.
Class:
Hybrid Wichurana, Rambler.  
Bloom:
Light pink, ages to blush .  Glandular bristles on pedicels.  Strong, apple, primrose, sweetbriar fragrance.  Average diameter 1.25".  Small, double (17-25 petals), cluster-flowered, in large clusters, cupped, rosette bloom form.  Prolific, once-blooming spring or summer.  
Habit:
Tall, climbing.  Glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 12' to 20' (365 to 610 cm).  Width of up to 10' (up to 305 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 4b through 9b.  Can be used for cut flower, garden, landscape or pillar.  Hardy.  very vigorous.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, very mildew resistant.  Prune after flowering is finished.  
Notes:
Different parentages are quoted in the references.
It seems more likely that 'Turner's Crimson Rambler' was in the parentage, rather than a H.P.
Walsh used (R. Wichuraiana x Turner's Crimson Rambler) in his 1906 'Arcadia', 1906 'Evangeline', 1908 'Excelsa' and 1909 'La Fiamma'.

Ida Sharp at Rose Hill Garden says this rose is sometimes called "The Mother's Day Rose" because it blooms in many areas around that time...

Said to flower 10 days earlier than Dorothy Perkins. Refer 1913 reference.
 
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