'90-02-02' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Barden, Paul
Red-orange with a yellow reverse.. Mild to strong, citrus, old rose fragrance. 20 to 35 petals. Average diameter 3". Medium, double (17-25 petals), cupped, semi-globular bloom form. Moderate, blooms in flushes throughout the season. Small, decorative, mossed buds.
Short, compact. Medium, glossy foliage.
Height of 2' to 3' (60 to 90 cm). Width of 1' to 2' (30 to 60 cm).
Disease susceptibility: susceptible to blackspot , mildew resistant, rust resistant.
This has been in my collection since 2003, when this group of seeds was germinated. It does poorly on its own roots and is never very vigorous, nor particularly attractive as a shrub, but the bicolored blooms and thorny mossing on the buds make it a valuable curiosity. I have no intent of releasing this into commerce, as it has far more flaws than merits.
It is presumed to be a Tetraploid, but has not been tested for ploidy.
Note about parentage: The pollen parent is a Ralph Moore rose dating from 1959 (code name 25-59-7) which has come to be known affectionately as "Nutshop", a nickname assigned by Burling Leong, Ralph Moore's greenhouse assistant. "Nutshop" is a sparsely foliated bush to about 8 feet with pink and yellow/white bicolored blooms and dark (almost black) mossing on the buds.