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'William Baffin' rose Description
'William Baffin' rose photo
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Deep pink Hybrid Kordesii.
Discovered by Dr. Felicitas Svejda (Canada, 1974).
Introduced in Canada by Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Central Experimental Farm) in 1983 as 'William Baffin'.
Climber, Hybrid Kordesii, Shrub.   (Series: Explorer Series Collection)  
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.  
Tall, arching, armed with thorns / prickles, climbing.  Small, glossy, medium green foliage.  

Height: 7' to 10' (215 to 305cm).  Width: 6' (185cm).
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.  
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
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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