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'Gruss an Aachen' rose Description
'Gruss an Aachen (Hybrid Tea, Hinner, 1909)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Pascale Hiemann
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
87 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Light pink Floribunda.
Registration name: Gruss an Aachen
Exhibition name: Gruss an Aachen
Origin:
Bred by L. Wilhelm Hinner (Germany, before 1909).
Introduced by Philipp Geduldig in 1909 as 'Gruss an Aachen'.
Class:
Floribunda, Hybrid Tea, Polyantha.  
Bloom:
Light pink, salmon-pink center, yellow undertones, red highlights, ages to cream .  Colour varies.  Mild, sweet fragrance.  40 to 50 petals.  Average diameter 4".  Medium to large, very full (41+ petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, nodding or "weak neck", old-fashioned, rosette bloom form.  Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Medium.  Large, medium green, leathery foliage.  
Height of 18" to 3' (45 to 90 cm).  Width of 18" to 3' (45 to 90 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 4b through 9b.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden.  Blooms tend to ball in wet weather.  shade tolerant.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
Ploidy:
Triploid
Notes:
David Austin classifies this rose as an English Rose because it has some much in common with what he regards as the ideal English Rose.


In his 2001/2002 catalog, Peter Beales lists this rose as a China.


Sam Kedem says 'Gruss an Aachen' is considered to be the first floribunda rose. The color of the blooms varies with the temperature.

 
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