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'Rhapsody in Blue ™' rose Description
'Rhapsody in Blue ™' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Antonio Motta
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
98 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Mauve or mauve blend Shrub.
Registration name: FRAntasia
Exhibition name: Rhapsody in Blue ™
Origin:
Bred by Frank R. Cowlishaw (United Kingdom, before 1999).
Introduced in United Kingdom by Warner's Roses in 2000 as 'Rhapsody in Blue'.
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2007 as 'Rhapsody in Blue'.
Class:
Shrub.  
Bloom:
Purple - blue.  Flowers open plum purple and fade to slate blue. Smoke blue-purple blend with yellow stamens.  Strong, clove, spice fragrance.  13 to 17 petals.  Average diameter 2.75".  Medium, semi-double (9-16 petals), in small clusters, cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Tall, climbing, upright.  Medium, glossy, medium green foliage.  3 to 7 leaflets.  

Height: 6'7" to 8' (200 to 245cm).  Width: 28" to 35" (70 to 90cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for garden, landscape or pillar.  Vigorous.  does not do well in warmer climates.  prefers cool sites..  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to blackspot .  
Patents:
Australia - Patent No: AU2603P  on  7 Feb 2005
Application No: 2002/085  on  28 Mar 2002   VIEW PBR PATENT
seed parent ‘Korizont’ syn Summer Wine x pollen parent “unnamed seedling”. The seed parent is characterised by Flower colour: coral Pink. Plant size: climber to 4.5m. Flower size: large. Flower Number of Petals: approximately 10. The pollen parent is characterised by Flower number of petals: approximately 12. Flower fragrance: weak. Flower size: approximately 50mm. Plant vigour: weak. Hybridisation took place in Derby, UK. ...Breeder: Frank Cowlishaw, Rose Bank, Breedon on the Hill, Derby, UK.
First sold in Australian in Apr 2002
 
European Union - Patent  on  2000
 
New Zealand - Application  on  2002
 
United States - Patent No: PP 17,518  on  27 Mar 2007   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 10/306,927  on  29 Nov 2002
Inventors: Cowlishaw; Frank R. (Derby, GB)
Assignee: Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. (Upland, CA)
This invention relates to a new and distinct variety of Shrub Rose. It has as its seed parent the variety known as `KORizont` (not patented) and an undisseminated seedling of my creation as its pollen parent..... description is of 3 to 4 year-old rose plants of the new variety grown outdoors in Upland, Calif. in the month of October
Notes:
The Weeks label notes: True to her English upbringing, having a definite preference for cool conditions...sulks in the heat...Demands moderate temps.
Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin, premiered on February 12, 1924.