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Medium pink Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: MEIsionver
Exhibition name: Caprice de Meilland ®
Bred by Alain Meilland (1940-....) (France, before 1997).
Introduced in France by Meilland International (after 1997) in 1997 as 'Caprice de Meilland'.
Hybrid Tea, Shrub.  
Pink.  Strong, fruity fragrance.  Average diameter 4.75".  Very large bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Ovoid buds.  
Tall, bushy.  Matte, light green foliage.  

Height: 31" to 39" (80 to 100cm).  
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower or garden.  Heat tolerant.  Protect tender new spring growth from hard freezes that may cause canker, die-back and death of the plant. .  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  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.  Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood..  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  
Australia - Patent No: AU2245P  on  27 May 2003
Application No: 2001/131  on  14 May 2001   VIEW PBR PATENT
Controlled Pollination between seed parent (‘Meicelna’ x ‘Meipobil’) and pollen parent ‘Meihelvet’ (syn. Sonia). ...Breeder: Alain Meilland, Meilland International Le Cannet France.
First sold in Germany May 1997
European Union - Patent  on  1998
France - Patent  on  1997
Patent surrendered
New Zealand - Application  on  2001