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'Waiheke' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 84-577
most recent 1 MAY 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 MAY 15 by Give me caffeine
I'm surprised this rose is no longer available in New Zealand or Australia, as it seems to be a very good one.

For anyone who wanted to know, the name is Maori for "cascading waters", with "wai" being water and "heke" being cascade. The e is short, as in "pet" or "let", even though white New Zealanders often get it wrong and pronounce it much like a double e.

This is also the name of a rather nice island in the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland, which is presumably the namesake of this rose. There's an area of island commonly known as The Cascades.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 1 MAY 15 by Patricia Routley
Thanks for the clarification on the pronunciation Give me caffeine. I have a vague memory of reading once that one pronounces every letter in the Maori language. I don't think 'Waiheke' liked the cascading waters very much as the 1984 reference said it had poor rain resistance. As it gained a Trial Ground Certificate in the three-year UK trials in 1983, it had to be bred before 1981 and so we've changed the date from 1986 to before 1981.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 1 MAY 15 by Give me caffeine
The English spelling of Maori is a bit weird. I don't know who came up with it, but some of it doesn't actually make any sense in English when you compare the spelling to how it's pronounced. So although it may be true that you "pronounce every letter", you don't necessarily pronounce them the way you'd think. Not that it matters much once you know the conventions.

I suspect the rain resistance only refers to the flowers, since McGredy's Aotearoa and Full Sail apparently ball sometimes. The plant itself should be fine. It couldn't possibly survive long enough to propagate in NZ if it didn't like getting rained on. That long white cloud drops a whole lot of rain.
Discussion id : 79-050
most recent 13 MAR 15 SHOW ALL
Initial post 19 JUN 14 by Robert D.
We found Waihiki in a sales barrel as a "body bag" 1 1/2 grade at K-Mart. It is turning into a beautiful plant, and it has gorgeous, fragrant flowers. Had never heard of it prior to stumbling upon it as described above. So glad that we did. It has lovely foliage, too. It is starting to take off, and looks like it will be quite vigorous. Will keep all informed if interested.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 12 MAR 15 by goncmg
How did it turn out? Did it stay vigorous? Being a K-Mart body bag, did it come true to variety?
Reply #2 of 2 posted 13 MAR 15 by LonRob
It is doing terrific. When it bloomed the blossoms were exactly what we expected and lovely. This season, it is showing good vigor and beautiful, shiny maroon foliage. The leaves mature into a rich green which accent the blooms so well. If you can find it,give it a try.
Discussion id : 52-801
most recent 11 MAR 11 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 11 MAR 11 by Penelope
How large does this bush get (HxW) in a warm climate? I like the pictures of this one immensely. I live in Dallas and was hoping this would be a good candidate for my garden :-) Also, how is the foliage? Full or sparse?
Discussion id : 7-751
most recent 1 AUG 10 SHOW ALL
Initial post 2 MAR 05 by Anonymous-797
Beautiful coral/pink blooms that hold their form and don't blow quickly. Does very well in our heat......Karen, Phoenix
Reply #1 of 4 posted 2 MAR 05 by Lyn G

Thank you for reporting your observations. I have added "heat tolerant" to the rose page.


Reply #2 of 4 posted 15 JAN 07 by Hulagirl62
I had this rose here in Hawaii and it does very well in a hot climate. I am trying to locate a nursery where I can purchase this rose but can't find one. Have you seen this rose recently?
Emilia, Kailua
Reply #3 of 4 posted 31 JUL 10 by John Moody
Regan Nursery carries this rose and is a very dependable vendor with great customer service
Reply #4 of 4 posted 1 AUG 10 by HMF Admin
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