'Dame Elisabeth Murdoch' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Henrique Rodrigues Vivián
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Yellow and pink. Flowers peach yellow, fading to reddish. Strong fragrance. Average diameter 4.75". Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Large, pointed buds.
Medium, upright. Medium, glossy, dark green foliage.
Height of 3' (90 cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer. Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant. Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. 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) .
Dame Elisabeth got her title for her philanthropic works (not for being Rupert Murdoch's mother!), including support of music. She was one of the very early members of the Heritage Rose movement in Australia. She is still involved in the management of her garden, designed 70-odd years ago by Edna Walling, a major Australian designer. The garden is often opened for charity fundraising, and Dame Elisabeth usually greets some of the visitors. She turned 100 in February 2009.
[Thanks to Margaret Furness for this information.]
The following additional information has been provided.
‘Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’ is a Hybrid Tea bred by W. Kordes & Sons in Germany in 1999 and introduced into the USA in 2008 as ‘Speelwark’ which is its registered name. This rose was introduced into Australia by Treloar Roses in 2001 and named to honour Dame Elisabeth Murdoch (1909-2012), who became a much loved public figure who died aged 103. In particular, she was widely respected for her philanthropy and charity work, including support of music. Known for her love of roses, she was one of the very early members of the Heritage Rose movement in Australia.