'Saint Swithun' rose Description
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Shrub. English Rose Collection.
Light pink. Moderate, citrus, musk fragrance. 120 to 130 petals. Average diameter 3". Medium, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Rounded buds.
Leathery foliage. 5 to 7 leaflets.
Height of 3' to 5' (90 to 150 cm). Width of 3' to 4' (90 to 120 cm).
USDA zone 5b through 10b.
European Union - Patent No: 339 on 2 Aug 1996
Application No: 19950474 on 24 Jul 1995
First commercialisation in EU: May 1, 1993.
Protection terminated on June 15, 2004.
New Zealand - Patent No: 1100 on 5 Jun 1996
United States - Patent No: PP 9,010 on 13 Dec 1994 VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 08/183,276 on 13 Jan 1994
The Plant Science Dept. of the Nova Scotia Agriculture College evaluated 58 English Roses to assess their hardiness and disease-resistance. St. Swithun was found to be reasonably tolerant to blackspot, as well as winter hardy.