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'Montezuma' rose Description
'Montezuma (grandiflora, Swim 1954)' rose photo
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Orange-pink Grandiflora.
Registration name: Montezuma (grandiflora, Swim 1954)
Exhibition name: Montezuma
Bred by Herbert C. Swim (United States, before 1954).
Introduced in United States by Armstrong Nursery in 1955 as 'Montezuma'.
Introduced in Australia by Hazlewood Bros. Pty. Ltd. in 1957 as 'Montezuma'.
Found Rose, Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea.  
Geranium-red.  Mild fragrance.  32 to 40 petals.  Average diameter 3.75".  Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, in small clusters, high-centered to cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium, leafy sepals, long sepals, ovoid buds.  
Tall, compact, upright, well-branched.  Medium, semi-glossy, medium green, leathery foliage.  3 to 7 leaflets.  

Height: 30" to 5' (75 to 150cm).  Width: 2' to 4' (60 to 120cm).
USDA zone 4b through 9b.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose or garden.  Very vigorous.  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.  
Netherlands - Application No: 277
Montezuma, 277, Armstrong Nurseries, Inc. Ontario California U.S.A.
United States - Patent No: PP 1,383  on  19 Apr 1955   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 423,549  on  15 Apr 1954
Herbert C. Swim, Ontario, Calif., assignor to Armstrong Nurseries, Inc., Ontario, Calif.
Arena Rose Co.'s Catalog 2000 says Montezuma produces clusters of high-centered blooms of salmony-red...

In The Ultimate Rose Book, Stirling Macoboy says, "Emperor Montezuma was one of the all-time great gardeners."

["Rose Marian" was found by Alice Dadd and given to Mostly Roses Nursery, Western Australia prior to 1997. Identified by Patricia Routley in 2018 by comparing "Rose Marian" with a named bush of 'Montezuma' at the David Martin garden in Manjimup.]