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'Black Velvet' rose References
Book  (2000)  Page(s) 119.  Includes photo(s).
‘Black Velvet’ = Hybride de Thé. Bien que né aux Etats-Unis, ce rosier semble n’être plus distribué qu’en Australie, dont il est clair que le climat lui convient bien… profond rouge bordeaux irisé de reflets sombres… aspect velouté… boutons joufflus, d’ordinaire solitaires… grandes fleurs semi-doubles à cœur turbiné, qui s’évasent aussitôt en coupe, libérant un parfum suave… buisson droit, de bonne vigueur et de hauteur moyenne, garni d’un ample feuillage vert sombre et coriace. Morey, US 1960.
Book  (1966)  Page(s) 123.  
Roy and Heather Rumsey, Dural NSW.  Our Twelve Best Sellers.
Black Velvet  A good rose as far as growth goes, and it is a very deep blackish-red bloom. We rather suspect that some of the popularity is due to the name it bears, and whilst we have no reason to complain, we would not have chosen this variety had we been asked for our own choice of the best twelve. Our main complaint is that it burns rather too much for our liking; however, the people have spoken, so here it is. Of course, we know very well that practically all of these very dark reds burn in the hot sun, but this is a new variety and we would like to see an improvement on the type.
Book  (1964)  
p11 Roy and Heather Rumsey, NSW.
New Roses.  Amongst others, Black Velvet proved a great success and showed up as an excellent variety. It is interesting to note that neither of these two roses ['Amatsu-Otome'] has been hailed with a great fanfare from overseas, but they have been amongst the best of all the new sorts.

p12. ibid. Black Velvet HT. (D. Morey) A most delightful variety that commands attention. Very dark-red buds with that lively touch that so endears 'Josephine Bruce' to us all. However, the growth is much better than the latter variety, being upright and very free flowering. The foliage is dark green, very disease resistant, and there is plenty of it. There are 30 petals and just for an extra touch, the blooms are fragrant. ('New Yorker' x 'Rouge Meilland').
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