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'Christopher Columbus' rose Description
'Christophe Colomb ® (hybrid tea, Meilland, 1992)' rose photo
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Orange blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: MEIronsse
Exhibition name: Christopher Columbus
Bred by Alain Meilland (1940-....) (France, before 1992).
Introduced in United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 1992 as 'Christopher Columbus'.
Hybrid Tea.  
Orange blend, copper undertones. [Salmon-orange.].  Mild to strong fragrance.  26 to 45 petals.  Average diameter 3.25".  Medium, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, upright.  Large, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.  

Height: 3' to 5' (90 to 150cm).  
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Very vigorous.  Protect tender new spring growth from hard freezes that may cause canker, die-back and death of the plant. .  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  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.  Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood..  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  
United States - Patent No: PP 8,496  on  14 Dec 1993   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 07/971,601  on  30 Oct 1992
The female parent (i.e., the seed parent) of the new variety was the Meigurami variety (non-patented in the United States) and the male parent (i.e., the pollen parent) was the product of the pollination of the Meinuzeten variety (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 4,224) by the Meinaregi variety (non-patented in the United States).
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)

26 December 1892 the opera Cristoforo Columbo was produced at La Scala.

This rose actually celebrates the 500th anniversary of the "discovery" of America.