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'Lily Pons' rose Description
'Lily Pons' rose photo
Photo courtesy of jedmar
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
20 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Light yellow Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Lily Pons
Origin:
Bred by Brownell Family (United States, 1939).
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  Sub-Zero Series.  
Bloom:
Lemon-yellow, white outer petals, ages to white .  Mild to strong, tea, opinions vary fragrance.  50 petals.  Average diameter 5.5".  Large, very full (41+ petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, high-centered bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium, long buds.  
Habit:
Medium, bushy, upright.  Medium, dark green foliage.  3 to 5 leaflets.  
Height of 4' to 6' (120 to 185 cm).  Width of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  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.  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 420  on  10 Sep 1940   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 318,073  on  9 Feb 1940
"This rose plant was bred by me and under my directions by propagation and cross pollenation. It is a seedling grown from a seed produced on the hardy climbing Rosa wichuraiana hybrid known as ‘Glendale’. This seed was produced by fertilization with pollen of a self seedling from the hardy climbing Rosa wichuraiana hybrid known as ‘Golden Climber Mrs Arthur Curtiss James’
The date of this pollen cross was June 30, 1933".
Ploidy:
Tetraploid
Notes:
Soprano Lily Pons was born in France 12 April 1898. She came to the United States in the 1930s and was a sensation. There is even a town in Maryland named after her. The US Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in her honor 10 September 1997. She died in 1976 and is buried in France.