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'William Baffin' rose Description
'William Baffin' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Claire C
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
48 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Deep pink Hybrid Kordesii.
Origin:
Discovered by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1974).
Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1983 as 'William Baffin'.
Class:
Climber, Hybrid Kordesii, Shrub.  Explorer Series Collection.  
Bloom:
Deep pink to red, yellow stamens.  Flowers strawberry pink touched white at the cneter.  Mild fragrance.  15 to 20 petals.  Average diameter 2.5".  Medium, semi-double to double, in large clusters, flat bloom form.  Occasional repeat later in the season.  
Habit:
Tall, arching, armed with thorns / prickles, climbing.  Small, glossy, medium green foliage.  
Height of 7' to 10' (215 to 305 cm).  Width of 6' (185 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 2b through 9b.  Can be used for garden, ground cover, hedge, landscape or pillar.  Very hardy.  vigorous.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to blackspot .  Can be grown as a climber in mild climates.  
Ploidy:
Tetraploid
Parentage:
Notes:
The parentage given here is provided by Dr. Svejda in diagrams on pages 43 and 41 of her book The Canadian Explorer Roses (National-Roses-Canada, 2008).

In September 1998, the Montreal Botanical Garden (Le Jardin Botanique de Montreal) carried out a survey of its roses' resistance to black spot, powdery mildew and rust. This is one of the outstanding varieties which showed a 0% to 5% infection rate. The data were taken on well-established roses.

From the Internet, a report on the cold-hardiness of this rose: 'William Baffin' performs beautifully in the harsh conditions of the Rocky Mountain West. In our garden, the canes are completely winter hardy in Zone 4 at 8,500' altitude without mulch or snow cover. Tolerates the dry heat in the summer without flinching.

And another happy grower reports: I've grown this rose in northeastern South Dakota with no winter protection for 3 years now and it's been completely hardy. We are on the northern edge of Zone 4 with temps dropping to -30F or lower at times.

One of the Roses that "passed the test" in Longwood Gardens' Ten-Year Rose Trials.

 
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