'Butter Cream ™' rose Description
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Medium yellow Mini-Flora.Registration name: MARbutterExhibition name:
Butter Cream ™
Butter-yellow. None / no fragrance. 26 to 40 petals. Average diameter 2". Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, exhibition, high-centered bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Tall, upright. Medium, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.
Height of 30" (75 cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default). Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, exhibition or garden. Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. 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.
‘Butter Cream’ (‘MARButter’) is a cross of ‘Anne Morrow Lindbergh’ x ‘Fairhope’. ‘Anne Morrow Lindbergh’ is a hybrid tea of undisclosed breeding that was also the seed parent of the superb exhibition rose and AARS winner, ‘Gemini’. ‘Fairhope’ is a miniature rose that has for the past seven years been the top-rated miniature exhibition rose in the country.
‘Butter Cream’ has many similarities to ‘Fairhope’, however the blooms are a clean medium butter yellow and much larger (about 2-inches), marking it a true mini-flora. The classic form is extraordinary and more high-centered than ‘Fairhope’, a trait it appears to have taken from its seed parent, ‘Anne Morrow Lindbergh’. The blooms typically have about 28-32 petals. The yellow is more prominent in cooler, overcast weather and shaded conditions; in hot sunny conditions the blooms tend to be whiter. The blooms appear one to a stem and open a little quickly on the bush. The petals have excellent substance, however, and the blooms last a long time in the refrigerator and as a cut flower.
The bush itself is upright, tall (30-inches), with medium green, semi-glossy, disease-resistant foliage. It is very vigorous and grows well on its own roots, producing show-quality blooms at an early age.