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'Brandy ™' rose Description
'Brandy ™ (hybrid tea, Swim & Christensen, 1981)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Calif Sue
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
AROcad
HMF Ratings:
43 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Apricot or apricot blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: AROcad
Exhibition name: Brandy ™
Origin:
Bred by Jack E. Christensen (United States, 1981). Bred by Herbert C. Swim (United States, 1981).
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Apricot or apricot blend.  Deep Apricot.  Mild, sweet, tea fragrance.  25 to 30 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, high-centered to cupped bloom form.  Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  Long sepals, pointed buds.  
Habit:
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, upright, well-branched.  Large, semi-glossy, dark green, dense, leathery foliage.  
Height of 4' to 6' (120 to 185 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Vigorous.  heat tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: disease resistant, 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.  
Breeder's notes:
Beautiful apricot Hybrid Tea! Very popular. Benefits from afternoon shading in hot climates. Moderately tall. One of my personal favorites. Even Bill Warriner (who was not known for his flattery) once admitted, "I think this is a GOOD rose . . . but if it had five more petals, it would be a great rose." I may be prejudiced, but I think it is a great rose anyway! (as per JC's website).
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 5,168   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Parentage is listed as [First Prize X Golden Wave]
Notes:
Both the US Patent and Herb Swim, in his book Roses - From Dreams To Reality, list the synonym for 'Dr. A. J. Verhage' as the pollen parent. The registered parentage published in Modern Roses X and Modern Roses 12 uses 'Dr. A. J. Verhage'. See REFERENCES

[Jack E. Christensen's writes:] One of my personal favorites. Even Bill Warriner (who was not known for his flattery) once admitted, "I think this is a GOOD rose... but if it had five more petals, it would be a great rose." I may be prejudiced, but I think it is a great rose anyway!

According to the New Zealand Plant Variety Rights (PVR) web page, application for a PVR Grant for this rose was made in 1981 and granted in 1983 (PVR Grant No. 183).

According to the Weeks Roses 1999-2000 Catalog, this rose is not winter hardy.