'Mel's Heritage' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Cliff's New California Low Desert Garden
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Apricot or apricot blend Hybrid Wichurana.Registration name: ArdheritageExhibition name:
Peachy pink/copper fading to pale pink. Mild to strong, apple fragrance. 45 to 65 petals. Average diameter 2.5". Medium, very full (41+ petals), cluster-flowered bloom form. Prolific, continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season. Small buds.
Tall, climbing, lax. Medium, glossy, dark green foliage.
Height of 8' to 20' (245 to 610 cm).
USDA zone 6a and warmer. Can be used for ground cover or pillar. Very vigorous. heat tolerant. prefers full sun. Disease susceptibility: blackspot resistant, mildew resistant, rust resistant. Remove unproductive wood every third year or so.
This seedling was given to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden in 2005 for trial purposes. I had neglected to follow up on this rose until recently. Reports of its superb qualities at the San Jose Heritage garden have encouraged me to allow commercial release of it. It will be a special release through the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden to raise funds for maintenance and expansion of the garden. It is now called 'Mel's Heritage' to honor one of its previous directors who was well known by many that visited the Heritage. Mel's contributions to the Heritage were instrumental in making it the world class collection it is today.
I suspect it is a Diploid.
The seed parent, 0-47-19 = Rosa wichurana Crépin × Floradora