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'Honoré de Balzac ®' rose Description
'Honoré de Balzac ®' rose photo
Photo courtesy of anasstasia
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
34 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: MEIparnin
Exhibition name: Honoré de Balzac ®
Origin:
Bred by Alain Meilland (1940-....) (France, before 1996).
Introduced in United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 1996 as 'Honoré de Balzac'.
Class:
Floribunda, Hybrid Tea.  Romantica ™.  
Bloom:
Cream - yellow, carmine-pink shading, carmine-pink edges.  Mild to strong fragrance.  41 to 58 petals.  Average diameter 5.25".  Very large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Rounded buds.  
Habit:
Glossy, medium green foliage.  3 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of 28" to 43" (70 to 110 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Blooms tend to ball in wet weather.  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) .  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 10,477  on  7 Jul 1998   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 08/834,864  on  10 Apr 1997
Notes:
Writer Honore de Balzac was born 16 May 1799 in Tours, France. He died 18 August 1850 of caffeine poisoning --- he is said to have written about one hundred books during the hours of midnight and six in the morning during which he also consumed mass quantities of Turkish coffee.