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A Critical Look at Canada's Explorer Roses
(Dec 1996)  Page(s) 60.  
 
Champlain A small shrub with glossy foliage tinted red. It is disease-resistant, even relatively aphid resistant. The flowers are semi-double, deep velvety red. It is the least hardy Explorer, often killing to the ground in severe winters, betraying its floribunda heritage.
(Dec 1996)  Page(s) 59.  
 
A rugosa hybrid. It forms a large round shrub. Flowers are semi-double and deep mauve-pink with some white streaking towards the centre...
(Dec 1996)  Page(s) 60.  
 
A R. kordesii hybrid and has the characteristic glossy leaves and long shoots of this group. Flowers are semi-double, deep red with showy yellow stamens. It blooms prolifically. It is relatively healthy, but the lower leaves can get blackspot. It has hardiness problems in the coldest areas. It is best tied up, as its sparse shoots will otherwise form an open prostrate shrub.
(Dec 1996)  Page(s) 61.  
 
1995. An Explorer Rose. Velvety red, very double, looks like a cross between an old Rosa gallica and a Hybrid Tea... blooms in clusters, is disease-resistant, cuold make a large shrub or an excellent climber...
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