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'Charles de Gaulle ®' rose Description
'Charles de Gaulle ®' rose photo
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Mauve or mauve blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: MEIlanein
Exhibition name: Charles de Gaulle ®
Bred by Marie-Louise (Louisette) Meilland (Paolino) (1920-1987) (France, 1974).
Introduced in Australia by Ross Roses in 1977 as 'Charles de Gaulle'.
Hybrid Tea.  
Lilac.  Strong fragrance.  38 petals.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Thornless (or almost).  
Height of 31" to 39" (80 to 100 cm).  
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Blooms tend to ball in wet weather.  heat tolerant.  prefers dry climates.  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) .  
Most of the world knows it as 'Charles de Gaulle', in memory of the great French statesman -- but New Zealand rosarians prefer to honor one of their own heroes, the writer Katherine Mansfield. Charles de Gaulle became Premier of France on 1 June 1958. Katherine Mansfield was born 14 October 1888.
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