'King of Hearts' rose Description
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Medium red Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: King of Hearts
Exhibition name: King of Hearts
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.
Bushy. Dark green, leathery foliage.
Height of 18" to 30" (45 to 75 cm). Width of up to 16" (up to 40 cm).
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) .
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.