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'Berkshire' rose Description
'Sommermärchen ® (shrub, Kordes before 1991)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of arvid jørgensen
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Medium red Floribunda.
Registration name: KORpinka
Exhibition name: Pink Sensation (shrub, Kordes before 1991)
Bred by W. Kordes & Sons (Germany, before 1991).
Introduced in Australia by Treloar Roses as 'Summer Fairy Tale'.
Introduced in United Kingdom by Mattocks Roses / Notcutts as 'Berkshire'.
Introduced in Germany by W. Kordes' Söhne (Retail) in 1992 as 'Sommermärchen'.
Shrub.   (Series: County Series Collection)  
Carmine-pink.  None to mild fragrance.  up to 20 petals.  Average diameter 1.5".  Medium, semi-double to double, in small clusters bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Ovoid buds.  
Bushy, spreading.  Small, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.  

Height: 18" to 30" (45 to 75cm).  Width: 3' to 5' (90 to 150cm).
USDA zone 5b through 10b.  Can be used for ground cover.  
Australia - Patent No: AU829P  on  16 Jul 1997
Application No: 1994/088  on  20 Apr 1994   VIEW PBR PATENT
'Immensee' by 'unnamed seedling'. Breeder: W. Kordes and Son of Offenseth-Sparrieshoop, Germany.
'Korpinka' was first sold in Germany in May 1992
Belgium - Patent  on  1993
Germany - Patent  on  1992
Netherlands - Patent  on  1993
United Kingdom - Application  on  1991
One of the roses (listed as 'Country Touch') in the Rose Introducers of New Zealand (RINZ) 1998 Display Trial.

Heirloom Old Garden Roses says Berkshire has double blooms of cherry-red with golden centers that open flat...

Ludwigs Roses says says this rose was recently awarded gold medals in the rose trials of Geneva and Baden-Baden, silver medals in Kortrik and Monza and the certificate of merit in St. Albans. Ludwig predicts that this rose will soon rival 'Iceberg' in popularity with Landscape Architects.

The Peter Beales Collection of Classic Roses 2000-2001 says Berkshire has clusters of semi-double, dusky pink blooms with golden stamens.