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'Julia Child ™' rose Description
'Julia Child ™ (Floribunda, Carruth, 2004)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Beth's Northern CA Rose Garden
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
185 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Medium yellow Floribunda.
Registration name: WEKvossutono
Exhibition name: Julia Child ™
Origin:
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, 2004).
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2006 as 'Julia Child'.
Introduced in Australia by Swane's Nursery/Swane Bros Pty Ltd in 2009 as 'Soul Mate'.
Class:
Floribunda.  
Bloom:
Butter-yellow.  Strong, anise, licorice fragrance.  30 to 45 petals.  Average diameter 3".  Medium, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped, globular, old-fashioned bloom form.  Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  
Habit:
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, compact, rounded.  Medium, glossy, medium green, dense foliage.  
Height of 26" to 31" (65 to 80 cm).  Width of 20" to 26" (50 to 65 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden.  Heat tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very blackspot resistant., very mildew 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:
very abundant bloom, sweet licorice fragrance, very glossy foliage, old fashioned form, rounded bush
Patents:
Australia - Application No: 2009/219  on  2009   VIEW PBR PATENT
 
United States - Patent No: PP 18,473  on  5 Feb 2008   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application  on  19 Sep 2006
Notes:
Renamed 'Absolutely Fabulous’ in the UK