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'Marilyn Monroe ™' rose Description
'Marilyn Monroe ™ (Hybrid Tea, Carruth 2002)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Cliff's High Desert Garden Archival Dec, 2011 last updated 101812
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Apricot or apricot blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: WEKsunspat
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, 2002).
Hybrid Tea.  
Apricot or apricot blend.  Mild, citrus, tea fragrance.  23 to 30 petals.  Average diameter 4.25".  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, globular, high-centered to cupped bloom form.  Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  Pointed, ovoid buds.  
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, spreading, upright, well-branched.  Medium, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.  
Height of 4¼' to 6' 7" (130 to 200 cm).  Width of 35" to 43" (90 to 110 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Vigorous.  heat tolerant.  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.  
Australia - Patent  on  22 Nov 2004
Application No: 2004/223  on  29 Jul 2004   VIEW PBR PATENT
United States - Patent No: PP 14,398  on  23 Dec 2003   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Edmunds Roses says the blooms are creamy apricot with a light wash of green as they start to open.