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'Pope John Paul II ™' rose Description
'Pope John Paul II ™ (Hybrid Tea, Zary, 2006)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Loretta
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
82 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
White, near white or white blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: JACsegra
Exhibition name: Pope John Paul II ™
Origin:
Bred by Dr. Keith W. Zary (United States, before 2006).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 2006 as 'Pope John Paul II'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  Ultimate Rose ™ Collection.  
Bloom:
White or white blend.  Pure White.  Strong, citrus fragrance.  up to 30 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Pointed, ovoid buds.  
Habit:
Tall, upright.  Medium, glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 4' to 5' (120 to 150 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Very vigorous.  prefers full sun.  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.  
Breeder's notes:
..one of the most fragrant roses of all time.
Patents:
European Union - Patent No: 26787  on  22 Feb 2010
Application No: 2008/2131  on  2008
 
United States - Patent No: PP 19,107  on  19 Aug 2008   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 11/585,435  on  23 Oct 2006
Notes:
Commemorative hybrid tea rose in honor of the late Pope John Paul II. The luminous, pure white rose with a crisp refreshing fragrance was specifically chosen by the Vatican to honor John Paul II and will be planted this year in the Vatican gardens overlooking Saint Peter’s Basilica. Ten percent of the net proceeds from the sale of each rose will be put at the disposal of Vatican City, which has informed Jackson & Perkins that it will donate these funds to a charity benefiting the poor of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Pope John Paul II Rose joins a significant list of commemorative cause roses that honor prominent leaders and organizations with support for a designated charitable activity. Jackson & Perkins® Cause Roses include those named for Diana, Princess of Wales, Veterans’ Honor, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan.

(courtesy J&P website)