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'Spirit of Ocean City' rose Description
'Canadian Sunset' rose photo
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HMF Ratings:
17 favorite votes.  
Red blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: WILcan ™
Exhibition name: Spirit of Ocean City
Bred by J. Benjamin Williams (United States, 1996).
Introduced in United States by J.B. Williams and Associates in 2000 as 'Spirit of Ocean City'.
Florists Rose, Hybrid Tea.  
Red and yellow, yellow reverse.  Strong fragrance.  17 to 25 petals.  Large, double (17-25 petals), exhibition bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  

Height: 42" to 4' (105 to 120cm).  
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
J. Benjamin Williams and Associates, breeders of this rose, set us straight on the story behind the naming of it. Here's what they say: The' Spirit of Ocean City' rose is named and dedicated to Ocean City, New Jersey NOT Maryland. May 4th, 2002, is their city-wide opening and grand festival where the roses will be exibited and sold for a limited time. It is an annual event.

[The blossom is red with a gold reverse.]
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