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'Félix Leclerc' rose Description
'Félix Leclerc' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Hovman
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
U11
HMF Ratings:
29 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Shrub.
Origin:
Bred by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1977).
Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada L'Assomption Quebec in 2007 as 'Félix Leclerc'.
Class:
Shrub.  Canadian Artists Series.  
Bloom:
Deep pink.  Mild fragrance.  15 to 25 petals.  Average diameter 4".  Large, double (17-25 petals), cluster-flowered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Tall, arching, bushy, climbing, thornless (or almost), well-branched.  Medium, matte, medium green, holly-like foliage.  
Height of 3' to 10' (90 to 305 cm).  Width of 3' to 6' (90 to 185 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 3b through 7b.  Can be used for pillar or shrub.  Hardy.  benefits from winter protection in colder climates.  can be grown as a shrub.  can be trained as a climber.  drought resistant.  heat tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, very blackspot resistant..  Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.  Prune dead wood.  Remove unproductive wood every third year or so.  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 20,315   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Ploidy:
Tetraploid
Notes:
Dr. Felicitas Svejda states the parentage to be: [(R. kordesii x ('Red Dawn' x 'Suxanne') open pollination] x [(('Red Dawn' x 'Suzanne') open pollination) open pollination]

Although the US patent lists Claude Richer as the inventor of Félix Leclerc, and the Canadian breeder's rights notice (Certificate #2466) at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/pbrpov/cropreport/ros/app00005422e.shtml also lists Claude Richer as the breeder, the Origin & Breeding History in the Canadian document states:

"'Félix Leclerc' originated from a controlled cross between the two rose lines 'L25' and 'D25' which took place at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa, Canada. The cross was conducted by the breeder, Mrs. Félicitas Svejda, in 1977. It was evaluated for a few years but due to lack of interest the variety was set aside. After the retirement of Mrs. Svejda, all vegetative material was transfered to another breeder at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research station in l'Acadie, Québec, Canada. Further selection and evaluation were conducted by Mrs. Claude Richer beginning in 1995 and in 1998, 'Félix Leclerc' was selected . . .."