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'Gold Medal' rose Description
'Gold Medal' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Cory's SODAK rose garden
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Medium yellow Grandiflora.
Registration name: AROyqueli
Exhibition name: Gold Medal
Bred by Jack E. Christensen (United States, 1982).
Introduced in United States by Armstrong Nursery as 'Gold Medal'.
Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea.  
Golden-yellow, copper shading, ages to cream .  Mild, fruity, spice, tea fragrance.  30 to 40 petals.  Average diameter 4.5".  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, classic hybrid tea, high-centered to cupped, reflexed bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium, long sepals buds.  
Tall, bushy, few or no prickles/thorns, upright, well-branched.  Large, semi-glossy, dark green, dense foliage.  

Height: 30" to 6' (75 to 185cm).  Width: 3' (90cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower, garden or specimen.  Hardy.  heat tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  
New Zealand - Patent No: PVR Grant 219  on  5 Jun 1984
Application  on  24 Feb 1983
The breeder's Reference for this rose is 75129-2. The New Zealand Trade Name is 'Gold Medal'. This PVR Grant expires June 5, 2007.
United States - Patent No: PP 5,177  on  17 Jan 1984   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 413831  on  1 Sep 1982
Inventor: Jack E. Christensen (Ontario, CA). Assignee: Armstrong Nurseries, Inc. (Ontario, CA)... a new grandiflora [with] deep yellow gold coloration [that] lasts well throughout the life of the flower... its above average hardiness and disease resistance are especially unique among other yellow roses; its true grandiflora habit is unusual among yellow roses... Parentage: 'Yellow Pages' x ('Granada' x 'Garden Party')... The plant bears its flowers sometimes singly, usually three or more to a stem in regular rounded clusters on strong, long stems...
Described as one of the best American-produced roses of the 80s.

Gold Medal was removed from the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens (ARBG) Display Trial because its trial period expired.