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'Bing Crosby' rose Description
'Bing Crosby' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Jean Marion
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
15 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
ARS:
Orange blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Bing Crosby
Origin:
Bred by Weeks (United States, 1981).
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Red, darker veining.  Mild, spice fragrance.  48 to 54 petals.  Average diameter 4.25".  Large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped, ruffled, scalloped bloom form.  Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Small, ovoid buds.  
Habit:
Tall, bushy, upright, well-branched.  Medium, dark green, dense, leathery, wrinkled (rugose) foliage.  
Height of up to 4' (up to 120 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Vigorous.  heat tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  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.  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 4,695   VIEW USPTO PATENT
1. A new and distinct variety of rose plant of the hybrid tea class, substantially as shown and described, characterized particularly by a floriferous, vigorous, free branching plant producing heavily petalled flowers of red coloring borne singly to a stem and in small clusters and which retain their attractiveness upon aging as well as in hot weather.
Notes:
Bing Crosby was born on May 3, 1903.
Differences concerning parentage, See References.
Weeks Roses 1999-2000 Catalog, p. 9, says parentage is Seedling x 'First Prize'.