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'Memorial Day ™' rose Description
'Memorial Day ™' rose photo
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Medium pink Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: WEKblunez
Exhibition name: Memorial Day ™
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, before 2001).
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2004 as 'Memorial Day'.
Introduced in Australia by Swane's Nursery/Swane Bros Pty Ltd in 2005 as 'Heaven Scent'.
Introduced in New Zealand by Matthews Nurseries Ltd. in 2012 as 'Memorial Day'.
Hybrid Tea.  
Light pink, darker edges, pink reverse.  Orchid pink.  Strong, damask, old rose fragrance.  41 to 50 petals.  Average diameter 4.25".  Large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, high-centered to cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Ovoid, rounded buds.  
Medium, spreading, upright.  Large, semi-glossy, medium green, dense foliage.  3 to 5 leaflets.  

Height: 4½' to 5' (140 to 150cm).  Width: 26" to 33" (65 to 85cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower, landscape or shrub.  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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  
Breeder's notes:
Very well foliated stems, large blooms with intense fragrance, old fashioned form.
Australia - Patent No: AU3390P  on  5 Sep 2007
Application No: 2005/031  on  8 Feb 2005   VIEW PBR PATENT
: ‘WEKcryplag’ x ‘MACgenev’ ... Breeder: Tom Carruth, Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc., Upland, CA, USA.
First sold in USA in Dec 2003.
New Zealand - Patent No: 3013  on  29 Jun 2011
Application No: ROS949  on  21 Sep 2009
United States - Patent No: PP 16,572  on  23 May 2006   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 10/916,005  on  10 Aug 2004
Inventors: Carruth; Thomas F. (Altadena, CA)
This invention relates to a new and distinct variety of Hybrid Tea Rose. It has as its seed parent the variety known as `WEKcryplag` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 10,072) and as its pollen parent the variety known as `MACgenev` .... description is of 3 to 4 year-old rose plants of the new variety grown outdoors in Upland, Calif. in the month of July.