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'MEIlanein' 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.  30 to 38 petals.  Full (26-40 petals), cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Thornless (or almost), upright.  Medium green, leathery foliage.  

Height: 31" to 39" (80 to 100cm).  
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) .  
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
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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