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'Graaf Lennart' rose Description
'Graf Lennart' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Vladimír Ježovič
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
70 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT.  
ARS:
Medium red Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: MEIsoyris
Exhibition name: Matilda ™
Origin:
Bred by Meilland International (France, 1994).
Introduced in United States by Conard-Pyle (Star Roses) in 1994 as 'Matilda'.
Class:
Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Dark red.  Flowers strawberry red on the upper surface and cardinal red on the under surface..  Strong, raspberry fragrance.  35 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Large, pointed buds.  
Habit:
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, spreading, upright, well-branched.  Medium, glossy, dark green, dense, leathery foliage.  
Height of 28" to 5' (70 to 150 cm).  Width of 2' (60 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for cut flower, garden or specimen.  Very vigorous.  produces decorative hips.  Disease susceptibility: 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) .  Can be grown in the ground or in a container (container requires winter protection).  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 9,253  on  22 Aug 1995   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application  on  25 Jul 1994
Notes:
This rose was originally registered as a Grandiflora, but its official classification was subsequently changed to Hybrid Tea.