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'Apple Blossom' rose Description
'Apple Blossom (Hybrid Multiflora, Burbank, 1932)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of mashamcl
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
27 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Light pink Hybrid Multiflora.
Exhibition name: Apple Blossom
Origin:
Bred by Luther Burbank (United States, 1932).
Introduced in United States by Stark Bros. in 1932 as 'Apple Blossom'.
Class:
Hybrid Multiflora, Rambler.  
Bloom:
Light pink.  Mild fragrance.  5 petals.  Average diameter 1.5".  Single (4-8 petals), in small clusters, in large clusters, ruffled bloom form.  Spring or summer flush with scattered later bloom.  
Habit:
Arching, climbing.  Dark green, wrinkled (rugose) foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of up to 16' 5" (up to 500 cm).  Width of up to 9' 10" (up to 300 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b through 9b.  Hardy.  vigorous.  shade tolerant.  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 65  on  16 May 1933   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application  on  30 Jun 1932
View this patent online.
"The present rose is apparently a hybrid of Rosa rugosa and Rosa multiflora ,..." [The patent has no information about the date or location of the breeding.] What is claimed as new is: A new and distinct variety of rambler rose...In testimony whereof I affix my signature, Elizabeth Waters Burbank, Executrix of the Estate of Luther Burbank, Deceased
Notes:
Thanks to HMF user Dan Russo/NEroseman for the following information about Apple Blossom:
Compare 'Apple Blossom' patented by the widow of Luther Burbank in 1933 to Apple Blossom that was bred by Jackson Dawson in the late 1890's. Note that the names and parentage are identical.

ARS shows the parentage of the Burbank Apple Blossom in Modern Roses as Dawson x R. multiflora even though the Burbank patent application lists the breeding as "apparently a hybrid of Rosa rugosa and Rosa multiflora.

See References for more details on Jackson Dawson's 'Apple Blossom.'

Nigel Pratt at Tasman Bay Roses says this rose has huge sprays of small pink and cream flowers to match its name...