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'Miracle on the Hudson' rose Description
'Miracle on the Hudson' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Justin12
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HMF Ratings:
24 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
Medium red Shrub.
Registration name: Miracle on the Hudson
Exhibition name: Miracle on the Hudson
Bred by Robert Neil Rippetoe (United States, 2006).
Introduced in United States by Certified Nurseries in 2025 as 'Miracle on the Hudson'.
Red.  Shaded deeper red to black in cooler conditions.  None to mild fragrance.  5 to 8 petals.  Average diameter 3".  Medium-large, single to semi-double, cluster-flowered, in small clusters bloom form.  Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium buds.  
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, compact, mounded, spreading, well-branched.  Medium, semi-glossy, dark green, attractive fall color foliage.  

Height: 3' to 5' (90 to 150cm).  Width: 3' to 5' (90 to 150cm).
USDA zone 3b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, garden, hedge, landscape, rock garden, shrub or specimen.  Vigorous.  can be grown as a shrub.  flowers drop off cleanly.  heat tolerant.  prefers full sun.  produces decorative hips.  rain tolerant.  requires full sun for best color.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant, very blackspot resistant., very mildew resistant.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  Can be pruned to maintain a shorter habit.  Needs little care; relatively disease-free and quite hardy.  Prune dead wood.  Prune lightly until this rose gets established (about two years), then prune it back by about a third..  Remove spent blooms only.  
Breeder's notes:
Name, 'Miracle on the Hudson', chosen to honor the heroic Captain, crew and passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 survivors of possibly the most miraculous and successful emergency landing aviation history.

Name chosen by Pat Henry of Roses Unlimited.

Name, 'Bartholomew', chosen to honor His All Holiness, Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch.

Presented Fordham University New York October 27, 2009.

Excellent own-root vigor and excellent petal substance. Blossoms semi-double in cooler conditions. Makes a magnificent hedge.

Per Dr. David Zlesak Minneapolis, MN 6-20-19

"Our lows this past winter here got to -33F, which is a zone 3 winter and 'Miracle on the Hudson' is coming back well from the base at various places in the Twin Cities where it is planted and rebuilding like 'Champlain' and other Ag Canada crown hardy roses rated as zone 3. It'll be great to get more data in, but my intuition is that it would be safe to say it can conservatively be called a zone 3b (maybe 3a too) crown hardy shrub rose. :0). It is a healthier alternative to 'Champlain' for a compact red, although the look is a bit different based on flower form and shade of red"
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
First germination 11-8-06. First blossom 3-23-07.

Shared with Kim Rupert 6-24-10. Shared with Michael Garhart 6-25-10.

Ploidy checked by David Zlesak, January 20, 2016. Different ploidy reported in 2023 reference.

Determined to be crown hardy to zone 3 as reported by Dr. David Zlesak June 5 2018.
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