'Apple Blossom' rose Description
Photo courtesy of David Elliott
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Light pink Hybrid Multiflora.
Exhibition name: Apple Blossom
Hybrid Multiflora, Rambler.
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.
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).
USDA zone 5b through 9b. Hardy. vigorous. shade tolerant.
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
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.
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...