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'Nearly Black' rose Description
'Nearly Black' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Greg Humphrey
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
13 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Dark red Hybrid Tea.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Dark red.  Strong, musk fragrance.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Height of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, susceptible to Mildew.  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.  
Parentage:
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Notes:
A correspondent writes: the fragrance of this rose is stronge musk, blooms are so dark on the underside that they appear to be black, spraying is a must for mildew.


Someone else writes: 'Nearly Black' is a slow-growing bush. Petals of the flower are thick and meaty with a velvety texture.


Melanie from Virginia (USDA Zone 7) writes: This rose is for all intense and purposes blackspot free. Mine is a very strong grower. The blooms are very long-lived. The bush tends to grow taller than wider. Mine reaches 7+ feet. I have never seen mildew on it; however, our area is not mildew prone. BTW, I got mine several years ago from [the now defunct] Michigan Bulb Company.


... which may no longer be defunct because Rick and Mary Ellen Story have spotted this rose in their catalog.

 
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