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'Mel's Heritage' rose Description
'Mel's Heritage' rose photo
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Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
Apricot or apricot blend Hybrid Wichurana.
Registration name: Ardheritage
Exhibition name: Mel's Heritage
Bred by Paul Barden (United States, 2003).
Hybrid Wichurana.  
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: 8' to 30' (245 to 915cm).  
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.  
Breeder's notes:
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.
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
The seed parent, 0-47-19 = Rosa wichurana Crépin × Floradora
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