'W. A. Richardson' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Calif Sue
Yellow to deep yellow, orange shading, ages to white . Mild to strong, tea, opinions vary fragrance. Average diameter 3". Medium to large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, old-fashioned, quartered bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Climbing, thornless (or almost). Glossy, dark green foliage. 5 to 7 leaflets.
Height of up to 12' (up to 365 cm). Width of up to 8' (up to 245 cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer. Can be used for cut flower or garden. Very vigorous. can be grown as a shrub.
The parentage is unclear. More is to be read in the Comments.
William Allen Richardson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on 20 February, 1819. When he was but two years old his father moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where he resided until his death in October, 1892. Much interested in the cultivation and propagation of roses, he imported a good many, and in this way became acquainted by correspondence with Madame Ducher.