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'Helen Hayes' rose Description
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Yellow blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Helen Hayes
Bred by Brownell Family (United States, 1956).
Hybrid Tea.  Sub-Zero Series.  
Yellow ochre with Nasturium Orange and Indian Yellow slowly softening as it ages.  Moderate, tea rose fragrance.  35 to 50 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Medium-large, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, high-centered, open bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium, leafy sepals, long sepals, pointed buds.  
Short, compact, thornless (or almost), upright.  Medium, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.  3 to 5 leaflets.  
Height of 3' to 4½' (90 to 135 cm).  Width of 2' to 4' (60 to 120 cm).
USDA zone 4b through 10b.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  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.  
United States - Patent No: PP 1,509  on  4 Sep 1956   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 524,315  on  25 Jul 1955
“It came into being as a seedling of the following varieties, the pollen parent was ‘Sutter’s Gold’ Plant Patent No. 885 and the seed parent was an unnamed seedling descendant from Rosa Wichuraiana, discovered by me and by my assistants and co-worker, on the 25th day of July, 1950, growing in my field at Little Compton, Rhode Island.”