'Limelight' rose Description
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Yellow blend. Mild fragrance. 43 to 49 petals. Average diameter 5.5". Large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped-to-flat, reflexed bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Long buds.
Medium, bushy, upright, well-branched. Medium, matte, medium green, leathery foliage.
Height of 39" to 5' (100 to 150 cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer. 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. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day honoring the patron saint of Ireland.
According to the New Zealand Plant Variety Rights (PVR) web page, application for a PVR Grant for this rose was made March 24, 1999 (Application No. ROS695). The breeder's Reference for this rose is FSWR 86-1. The New Zealand Trade Name is 'Limelight'.
This rose has a long vase life and holds its color well on the plant.