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'Desdemona ®' rose Description
'Desdemona ® (Shrub, Austin 2015)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of JGagnon
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Bred by David C. H. Austin (1926-2018) (United Kingdom, 2007).
Introduced in United Kingdom by David Austin Roses Limited (UK) in 2015 as 'Desdemona'.
Introduced in Australia by Treloar Roses in 2020 as 'Desdemona'.
Introduced in South Africa by Ludwig's Roses in 2021 as 'Desdemona'.
Shrub.   (Series: English Rose Collection)  
White, light apricot shading, ages to blush .  Pink buds, white blooms.  Strong, anise, apricot or peach, damask, fruity, honey, raspberry fragrance.  up to 52 petals.  Average diameter 3.5".  Large, very full (41+ petals), in small clusters, cupped bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Pointed, ovoid buds.  
Medium, upright.  Glossy, dark green, leathery foliage.  3 to 5 leaflets.  

Height: up to 4' (up to 120cm).  Width: up to 3' (up to 90cm).
Australia - Patent  on  28 May 2019
Application No: 2019/077  on  8 May 2019   VIEW PBR PATENT
'AUSkindling' was the result of a cross between two unnamed seedlings in 2007. The resulting seed was sown in January 2008, resulting in several seedlings. The best of these seedlings was then chosen for further trial and development. From this plant, in July 2008, 8 buds were taken and grafted (using the 'T'-budding method) onto Rosa Laxa rootstock outdoors. The following year, in 2009, the variety was considered good enough to be increased by grafting to 30 plants. Next year, in 2010, the increase was up to 200, and two years after that, in 2012, it was increased to 1,500. In 2014 the variety was increased by further budding to 5,000, sufficient budding for a commercial introduction in May 2015.
European Union - Application No: 2015/2229  on  24 Sep 2015
United States - Patent No: PP 30,054  on  8 Jan 2019   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 14/999'443  on  16 Mar 2017
Inventors: Austin; David J. C. (Wolverhampton, GB)
The present application claims priority to European CPVO 2015/2229, filed Sep. 24, 2015....The maternal and paternal parents of ‘AUSkindling’ are two unnamed seedlings. ... the maternal parent is a shrub with a yellow flower. ... the paternal parent has a climbing growth habit with an apricot-pink flower. ... description is of 1 year-old rose plant of the new variety grown in a garden environment in Albrighton, Britain