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'Keepsake' rose Description
'Esmeralda (hybrid tea, Kordes, 1973)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Henrique Rodrigues Vivián
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
52 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: KORmalda
Exhibition name: Keepsake
Origin:
Bred by Reimer Kordes (1922-1997) (Germany, 1973).
Introduced in Germany by W. Kordes' Söhne (Retail) in 1980 as 'Esmeralda'.
Introduced in Australia by Roy H. Rumsey Pty. Ltd. in 1981 as 'Esmeralda'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Pink, light pink blending. [Pink.]  Moderate fragrance.  40 petals.  Large, full (26-40 petals), classic hybrid tea, exhibition, high-centered, reflexed bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Bushy.  Dark green foliage.  
Height of 30" to 6' (75 to 185 cm).  Width of 2' (60 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower, exhibition or garden.  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) .  
Patents:
Germany - Patent No: 987 276
Notes:
For clarification about parentage, see References.
Nigel Pratt of Tasman Bay Roses says this rose has rose pink flowers of excellent form... it won an award for fragrance and makes a good cut flower...

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