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'Midnight Blue ™' rose Description
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Mauve or mauve blend Shrub.
Registration name: WEKfabpur
Exhibition name: Midnight Blue ™
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, before 2001).
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2005 as 'Midnight Blue'.
Introduced in United Kingdom by C & K Jones in 2007 as 'Midnight Blue'.
Floribunda, Shrub.  
Purple, lighter reverse.  Strong, clove, spice fragrance.  18 to 24 petals.  Average diameter 2.75".  Medium, double (17-25 petals), in small clusters bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Short, bushy, compact, thornless (or almost).  Medium, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.  3 to 7 leaflets.  

Height: 30" to 3' (75 to 90cm).  Width: 18" to 2' (45 to 60cm).
USDA zone 5b through 9b.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  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.  
Breeder's notes:
Color: Flower deep velvet purple, reverse slightly lighter than the upper surface.
United States - Patent No: PP 16,623  on  6 Jun 2006   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 10/966,541  on  15 Oct 2004
Inventors: Carruth; Thomas F. (Altadena, CA)
This invention relates to a new and distinct variety of Shrub Rose. It has an undisseminated seedling of my creation as its seed parent with the following genetic origin [(Sweet Chariot.times.Blue Nile).times.Stephen's Big Purple] and an undisseminated seedling of my creation as pollen parent with the following genetic origin [(International Herald Tribune.times.Rosa soulieanna derivative).times.(Sweet Chariot.times.Blue Nile)]. .... description is of 3 to 4 year-old rose plants of the new variety grown outdoors in Upland, Calif. in the month of October.