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'Nicole ®' rose Description
'Nicole ® (floribunda, Kordes 1985)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Maurice REYBAUD
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
41 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
White, near white or white blend Floribunda.
Registration name: KORicole
Origin:
Bred by Reimer Kordes (1922-1997) (Germany, 1985).
Class:
Floribunda.  
Bloom:
White or white blend, pink edges.  White with a soft pink petal edge.  Mild fragrance.  35 petals.  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, high-centered to cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Medium, upright.  Large, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: disease resistant, susceptible to blackspot .  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).  
Notes:
See the July 2007 HMF eZine, Nicole or Hannah Gordon?
Nicole and Hannah Gordon are sister seedlings that have been confused in commerce in the USA for more than 20 years. Hannah Gordon is a tall, vigorous grower of 6 feet or more, about 20 petals, and a bright cherry pink edge, while Nicole is a modest plant of 30 to 36 inches, cream blooms with a softer pink edge and at least 35 petals. Hannah Gordon is known in New Zealand as Raspberry Ice. Tabris is a name given to Hannah Gordon by one seller in the Netherlands.

To confuse matters further, Glenda Marie, a third rose that is a sport of Hannah Gordon that was registered in 1999, has been sold as Nicole by Edmunds. Glenda Marie has shrimp pink blooms but is otherwise a tall, vigorous grower like Hannah Gordon.
 
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