'R. fedtschenkoana' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Rupert, Kim L.
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White, near white or white blend Species.
Exhibition name: R. fedtschenkoana
White, yellow stamens. Strong, linseed oil fragrance. 5 petals. Average diameter 2.5". Medium, single (4-8 petals), cluster-flowered bloom form. Spring or summer flush with scattered later bloom.
Tall, arching, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, suckers on its own roots, upright, well-branched. Matte foliage. 5 to 7 leaflets.
Height of 7' (215 cm).
USDA zone 4b and warmer. Vigorous. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant. Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.
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R. fedtschenkoana Regel (1878). Section Cinnamomeae. Native to central Asia east to northwestern China.
This rose is named after its Russian discoverers, Alexei and Olga Fedtschenko who collected it in Turkestan. Sets hips.
From Kim Rupert:
"New prickles and growth have a lavender cast to them and smell like a Noble Fir with hardwood fire smoke. The maturing foliage has a gray "bloom" to it, giving it a "ghostly" effect. Dense prickles which are soft on the new growth and nicely colored, turning tan and stiff, like hypodermic needles as they age. Old wood has a yellowish cast to it as does the old foliage before it drops. Flower buds are held on short peduncles toward the tops of the canes, usually in small clusters. They are bristly and have an intensified Noble Fir and hardwood smoke scent. They're pointed with a rounded ovary.
"The plant suckers WILDLY, helping itself to all the acreage available. The foliage turns gold before it drops. In the hybrids, particularly with Orangeade, the Autumnal foliage is much intensified. The species topped out for me at about 8'. Open blooms are about an inch to an inch and a quarter in diameter, contain five petals of a cold white with yellow stamen and pollen in their centers. The pollen and stamen smell like R. Foetida, like oil based paint. All scents carry very well on warm, moist air. Hips are brilliant red, bristly, elongated, thin, contain few seeds and aren't set in great numbers."