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'King of Hearts' rose Description
'King of Hearts' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Sheldon, John & Robyn
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
5 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD.  
ARS:
Medium red Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: King of Hearts
Exhibition name: King of Hearts
Origin:
Bred by Samuel Darragh McGredy IV (1958).
Introduced in United States by Edmunds' Roses in 1968 as 'King of Hearts'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Red.  up to 40 petals.  Medium, double (17-25 petals), exhibition, high-centered to cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Long, pointed buds.  
Habit:
Bushy.  Dark green, leathery foliage.  
Height of 18" to 30" (45 to 75 cm).  Width of up to 16" (up to 40 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, cut flower, exhibition or garden.  Vigorous.  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) .  
Breeder's notes:
King of Hearts
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 3,091  on  28 Mar 1972   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Notes:
The U.S. Patent states that this was a variety originated in 1958.
There is a possibility that 'Paladin' from Sam McGredy in 1958, also of the same parentage, was Sam's nickname for the eventually named 'King of Hearts'. More research is needed.