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'Coral Drift ®' rose Description
'Coral Drift ®' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Nippstress
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
44 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Orange or orange-red Shrub.
Origin:
Bred by Alain Meilland (1940-....) (France, 1997).
Introduced in France by Meilland Richardier in 2004 as 'Coral Drift'.
Introduced in United States by CP-Meilland Inc/Star Roses (California) in 2008 as 'Coral Drift'.
Class:
Shrub.  
Bloom:
Orange-red, light yellow undertones.  Deep coral orange.  50 to 55 petals.  Average diameter 1.75".  Small to medium, very full (41+ petals), in large clusters, cupped-to-flat bloom form.  Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  Small, ovoid buds.  
Habit:
Short, bushy, rounded.  Medium, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.  3 to 9 leaflets.  

Height: up to 18" (up to 45cm).  Width: up to 2' (up to 60cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  
Patents:
Canada - Patent No: 4871  on  17 Sep 2014
Application No: 10-6988  on  20 May 2010
Breeder: Alain Meilland, Meilland International, Le Luc en Provence, France
'Meidrifora' originated from hybridization work conducted by the breeder at Le Luc en Provence, France in June 1997. The cross was conducted between the female parent designated 'The Fairy' and the male parent, a proprietary unnamed seedling ('Kormax' x an unnamed seedling).
 
United States - Patent No: PP 19,148  on  26 Aug 2008   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 11/802,404  on  22 May 2007
Inventors: Meilland; Alain A. (Antibes, FR)
The female parent (i.e., the seed parent) was `The Fairy` variety (non-patented in the United States). Such female parent was formed by the cross of the `Paul Crampel` variety (non-patented in the United States) and the `Lady Gay` variety (non-patented in the United States). The male parent (i.e., the pollen parent) of the new variety was the product of the cross of the `Kormax` variety (non-patented in the United States) and an unnamed seedling (non-patented in the United States). The description is based on the observation of three-year-old specimens of the new variety during June 2006
Ploidy:
Diploid
Notes:
Chromosome count courtesy of Dr. David Zlesak.
The Canadian patent states average 21.9 +/- 4.29 petals.