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'BUCblu' rose Description
'Blue Skies' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Beth's Northern CA Rose Garden
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Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: BUCblu
Exhibition name: Blue Skies
Bred by Dr. Griffith J. Buck (United States, 1983).
Hybrid Tea.  Buck Roses Collection.  
Mauve or purple blend.  Strong, sweet fragrance.  35 to 45 petals.  Average diameter 4.75".  Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, cupped-to-flat, scalloped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium, pointed, ovoid buds.  
Upright, well-branched.  Leathery foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of 37" to 43" (95 to 110 cm).  
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to disease.  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.  
Breeder's notes:
According to Mary Buck, working from Griffith Buck's notes, the parentage is actually [(Soir d'Automne x Music Maker) x Solitude] x [(Mainzer Fastnacht x Tom Brown) x Autumn Dusk]
United States - Patent No: PP 5,756  on  1 Jul 1986   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 06/672,697  on  19 Nov 1984

A new variety of hybrid tea rose plant having profuse production of
violet-blue flowers of excellent color stability. The plant is also
notable for the precociousness with which lateral buds develop and the
survivability of the plant under winter conditions without cold weather

Buck; Griffith J. (Ames, IA)

Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.

'Blue Skies' and 'Silver Shadows" were said to be sibling roses. However the parentage is different in both roses.