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'Lily Pons' rose Description
'Lily Pons' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Millie Skrtich
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Light yellow Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Lily Pons
Bred by Brownell Family (United States, 1939).
Hybrid Tea.   (Series: Sub-Zero Series)  
Lemon-yellow, white outer petals, ages to white .  Mild to strong, tea, opinions vary fragrance.  50 petals.  Average diameter 5.5".  Large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, high-centered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium, long buds.  
Medium, bushy, upright.  Medium, dark green foliage.  3 to 5 leaflets.  

Height: 4' to 6' (120 to 185cm).  Width: 2' to 3' (60 to 90cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  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.  
United States - Patent No: PP 420  on  10 Sep 1940   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 318,073  on  9 Feb 1940
"This rose plant was bred by me and under my directions by propagation and cross pollenation. It is a seedling grown from a seed produced on the hardy climbing Rosa wichuraiana hybrid known as ‘Glendale’. This seed was produced by fertilization with pollen of a self seedling from the hardy climbing Rosa wichuraiana hybrid known as ‘Golden Climber Mrs Arthur Curtiss James’
The date of this pollen cross was June 30, 1933".
Soprano Lily Pons was born in France 12 April 1898. She came to the United States in the 1930s and was a sensation. There is even a town in Maryland named after her. The US Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in her honor 10 September 1997. She died in 1976 and is buried in France.