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'About Face ™' rose Description
'About Face ™' rose photo
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Orange blend Grandiflora.
Registration name: WEKosupalz
Exhibition name: About Face ™
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, before 2002).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins (Wholesale) in 2005 as 'About Face'.
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2005 as 'About Face'.
Orange, darker reverse.  Flowers: Orange blend, deep orange-gold upper, burnished red reverse..  Mild to strong, apple, fruity fragrance.  26 to 30 petals.  Average diameter 4.5".  Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, cupped, globular, old-fashioned bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Pointed, ovoid buds.  
Tall, armed with thorns / prickles, upright, well-branched.  Large, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.  3 to 7 leaflets.  

Height: 5' to 6' (150 to 185cm).  Width: 3' to 42" (90 to 110cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Very vigorous.  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.  
Breeder's notes:
Very strong vigor, good color at all stages of bloom, lots of flower, very upright habit.
Australia - Patent No: AU3680P  on  18 Dec 2008
Application No: 2007/084  on  9 Mar 2007   VIEW PBR PATENT
Controlled pollination: unnamed seedling x ‘Hot Cocoa’.
First sold in USA in Dec 2004. First Australian sale Jun 2006
United Kingdom - Application  on  2006
United States - Patent No: PP 17,305  on  26 Dec 2006   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 11/230,960  on  19 Sep 2005
Inventors: Carruth; Thomas F. (Altadena, CA)
....seed parent an undisseminated seedling of my creation with the following genetic origin [`O Sole Mio`.times.(`Katherine Loker`.times.`Gingersnap` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 4,330))]. X unknown and as its pollen parent the variety known as `WEKpaltlez` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 15,155)..... description is of 3 to 4 year-old rose plants of the new variety grown outdoors in Upland, Calif. in the month of April.
Parentage registered with the American Rose Society and documented in the plant patent differ. If the "unnamed" seedling is 'Katherine Loker x Gingersnap', it could be 'Lady Glencora'.