'Charles Mallerin' rose Description
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Dark red Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Charles Mallerin (Hybrid Tea, Meilland, before 1947)
Crimson, darker shading, red reverse. Blackish crimson, rich texture, sparse bloomer. Strong, damask, fruity fragrance. 35 to 45 petals. Average diameter 6". Very large, full (26-40 petals), flat bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Tall, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, upright. Large, matte, dark green, leathery foliage.
Height: 47" (120cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default). 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.
'Charles Mallerin' grows in a lopsided and awkward manner. It produces few basal breaks and few side stems. It defoliates early losing the lower leaves quickly. The blooming stems are very long.
The rose labeled as 'Charles Mallerin' at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden may be 'Mrs. F.W. Sanford'.