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'Ball of Snow' rose Description
'Boule de Neige (bourbon, Lacharme, 1867)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Schmid Gartenpflanzen
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
60 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
White, near white or white blend Noisette.
Registration name: Boule de Neige
Exhibition name: Boule de Neige
Origin:
Bred by Fran├žois Lacharme (France, 1867).
Introduced in United States by Peter Henderson & Co. Historic Archive 1880 in 1887 as 'Ball of Snow'.
Class:
Bourbon, Hybrid Perpetual, Noisette.  
Bloom:
White, green shading.  Moderate fragrance.  Average diameter 2.5".  Medium to large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, in large clusters, cupped, globular, rosette, scalloped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Glossy, dark green, dense foliage.  
Height of 4' to 9' 10" (120 to 300 cm).  Width of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b through 10b.  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.  
Notes:
The bush of 'Boule de Neige' is higher than wider. Refer photo comments.
The synonym 'Perle des Blanches' for 'Ball of Snow' is incorrect.
 
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