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'Aotearoa' rose Description
'New Zealand (Hybrid Tea. McGredy, 1988)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of J. Dengler
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Light pink Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: MACgenev
Exhibition name: New Zealand (Hybrid Tea. McGredy, 1988)
Bred by Samuel Darragh (1932-2019) McGredy IV (1985).
Introduced in New Zealand by McGredy Roses International (New Zealand) in 1991 as 'Aotearoa'.
Hybrid Tea.  
Light pink, salmon-pink undertones.  Strong, old rose, sweet fragrance.  25 to 34 petals.  Average diameter 6".  Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, high-centered, reflexed, ruffled, spiral centers bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Medium, thornless (or almost), upright.  Large, semi-glossy, dark green, dense foliage.  

Height: 30" to 5' (75 to 150cm).  Width: 2' (60cm).
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, cut flower or garden.  Hardy.  vigorous.  Blooms tend to ball in wet weather.  prefers dry climates.  produces decorative hips.  shade tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very 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).  
Breeder's notes:
Aotearoa New Zealand - Macgenev. Nicknamed Geneva
Australia - Application No: 1992/002  on  6 Jan 1992   VIEW PBR PATENT
Synonym: MACgenev. Applicant: Sam McGredy Roses International.
New Zealand - Patent No: PP677  on  22 May 1992
Application No: ROS345  on  24 May 1990
Trade Name: Aotearoa New Zealand
United States - Patent No: PP 8,279  on  29 Jun 1993   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 812140  on  18 Dec 1991
Hybrid tea rose plant named Macgenev
Sam McGredy, IV, Castor Bay, New Zealand
... light pink flowers... Parentage: 'Harmonie' x 'Auckland Metro'... Bloom size: Average size when fully expanded -- about 7 inches... Number of petals under normal conditions -- about 25 to 30... Fragrance: Intense old rose scent... Hips: Oval... Height: About 5 feet... Resistance to disease: Blackspot -- above average. Mildew -- excellent. Rust -- excellent... Winter hardiness; Needs protection from extreme cold...
Named to commemorate the 150th anniversary of New Zealand.

Aotearoa means 'Land of the Long White Cloud,' the Maori name for New Zealand.

One of the roses (listed as 'Aotearoa-New Zealand') in the Rose Introducers of New Zealand (RINZ) 1998 Display Trial.