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ALL-AMERICA ROSE SELECTIONS FOR 2005

 

ABOUT FACE

About FaceTM is a grandiflora with a very novel 'backwards' bicolor whose light color of deep golden yellow is carried on the inside of the petals with a darker bronzy orange-red backside. This super-vigorous plant yields long stems with full old-fashioned blossoms that catch attention throughout the life of the bloom. The flowers, up to five inches in diameter, offer a mild fresh apple fragrance and are beautifully complimented by lush, clean green leaves. Hybridized by Tom Carruth, About Face is being introduced by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Upland, CA .

Class:     Grandiflora
Plant Habit:   Tall
Growth Habit:  Upright, bushy
Stem Length:   Long
Foliage Color:  Rich green
Disease Resistance:      Excellent
Flower Color:   Golden yellow interior with a bronzy orange reverse
Bud Form:             Pointed, flat & fat
Flower Form:        Full, old-fashioned
Flower Size:          Large, up to 5 inch diameter
Petal Count:  30 to 35
Fragrance:  Mild fresh apple
Parentage:   [(O Sole Mio x seedling) x Midas Touch] x Hot Cocoa
Hybridizer:  Tom Carruth
Introducer:  Weeks Roses

 

DAY DREAM


DayDreamTM is a low-growing compact landscape shrub rose reaching just 2' in height. The massive clusters of fuschia-pink-blooms will flower all summer long. Each lightly scented single blossom is wide and flat, resembling a little button. Foliage is glossy, deep green and highly disease resistant. DayDream's diminutive size and neat round habit make it an appropriate choice for a variety of garden situations. Crown hardy to Zone 4. DayDream was hybridized by Ping Lim and is introduced by Bailey Nurseries of St. Paul, MN.

Class:   Landscape shrub rose
Plant Habit:   Round and bushy
Growth Habit:  Medium
Stem Length:  10 to 18 inches
Foliage Color:   Medium green
Disease Resistance:  Tolerant
Flower Color:   Mauve blend
Flower Size:   1 inch
Petal Count:   11
Fragrance:   Light sweet rose
Parentage:   Lavender Dream x Henry Kelsey
Hybridizer:    Ping Lim
Introducer:   Bailey Nurseries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELLE

Combining a strong spicy, citrussy fragrance with a high-centered classic rose bud. ELLETM is a hybrid tea that produces shell pink flowers with deep yellow undertones. The dark glossy foliage provides a nice contrast to the soft, non-fading flower, and offers above average disease tolerance to mildew and blackspot. Flowers bloom on 10 - 14 inch stems and are 4 - 5 inches wide with a petal count of 50 - 55. ELLE was developed by Meilland international and is being introduced by The Conard Pyle Company/Star Roses of West Grove, PA.

Class:     Hybrid Tea
Plant Habit:   Bushy, though compact for the class
Growth Habit:  Vigorous and every blooming
Stem Length:   10 to 14 inches
Foliage Color:  Dark green, glossy
Disease Resistance:    Better than average for the class to Mildew, Rust and Black Spot
Flower Color:   Shell pink with deep yellow undertones
Flower Size:          11 to 13cm (4 to 5 inches)
Petal Count:  50 to 55 on average
Fragrance:  Very strong, spicy and citrussy
Parentage:   Purple Splendor x (Johnago x Meikinosi)
Hybridizer:  Meilland International
Introducer:  The Conard-Pyle Company/Star Roses

 

LADY ELSIE MAY

An upright, spreading shrub rose, Lady Elsie MayTM offers a vigorous, uniform growth habit and excellent disease resistance. The flower is coral pink and grows in clusters on strong 12-20 inch cutting stems. Each flower is approximately 3 to 4 inches wide and had 12-14 petals. The fragrance is slight and the foliage is dark green and waxed. Hybridized by Reinhard Noack, Lady Elsie May is being introduced by Angelica Nurseries of Kennedyville, MD.

Class:     Shrub
Plant Habit:   Upright, spreading
Growth Habit:  Vigorous & uniform
Stem Length:   Flowers in clusters on strong 12 to 20 inch cutting stems
Foliage Color:  Dark green, waxed
Disease Resistance:    Excellent
Flower Color:   Coral Pink
Flower Size:          3 - 4
Petal Count:  12 to 14
Fragrance:  Slight
Parentage:    'Repandia' (unpatented) x 'Gruss An Angeln' (unpatented)
Hybridizer:  Reinhard Noack 
Introducer:  Angelica Nurseries

 

All-America Rose Selections is a non-profit association dedicated to the introduction and promotion of exceptional roses. Since 1938, the AARS trial program has encouraged the rose industry to improve the vitality, strength and beauty of roses for American home gardens. Today, the AARS program is one of the most successful and highly regarded of its kind, having brought to the forefront such roses as Peace, Mister Lincoln, Knock Out, and Bonica.

 

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