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'La Tosca' rose Description
'La Tosca' rose photo
Photo courtesy of David Elliott
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
17 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: La Tosca
Exhibition name: La Tosca
Origin:
Bred by Marie-Louise (aka Widow,Vve) Schwartz (France, 1900).
Introduced in Australia by Hazlewood Bros. Pty. Ltd. in before 1911 as 'La Tosca'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Lilac - pink, silver(y) shading, salmon-yellow shading, yellow undertones.  Moderate fragrance.  Large, semi-double to double, borne mostly solitary, in small clusters bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Tall, bushy, thornless (or almost), upright.  
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Hardy.  vigorous.  Disease susceptibility: 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) .  
Notes:
Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on January 14, 1900.
 
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