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'Mary MacKillop' rose Description
'Mary McKillop' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Bruce Martin
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Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Bred by Jack E. Christensen (United States, before 1988).
Introduced in Australia by Swane's Nursery/Swane Bros Pty Ltd as 'Mary MacKillop'.
Hybrid Tea, Shrub.  
Seashell-pink, rose-pink edges, ages to white .  None to mild fragrance.  Medium, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, high-centered, reflexed, rounded bloom form.  Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Medium.  Glossy, dense foliage.  
Height of 40" (100 cm).  Width of 28" (70 cm).
USDA zone 6a and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
Pope Benedict XVI has announced that Mary MacKillop will become Australia's first saint.
Her canonisation will take place in Rome on Sunday 17 October, 2010

More on Mary MacKillop is to be found on the Flinder Range Research website
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