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Charlotte, 1994. Breeding: seedling X 'Graham Thomas'

CharlotteCharlotte is one of the newest of the English roses to come along. I don't have it my own garden, but I have placed a copy of it in my mother's garden, and it seems to be a sturdy, vigorous and dependable rose. I can't offer any other comments as yet, except to say that it is pleasantly tea scented, like most of the Austin yellows.

Although it has not yet made a big impression on American gardeners, 'Charlotte' appears to be an improvement over some of the earlier English Roses, including its well known parent, 'Graham Thomas'. 'Charlotte' seems to be much better for disease resistance than 'Graham Thomas', and much less likely to outgrow its boundaries. There is some eveidnce that 'Charlotte' is also more cold hardy than its parent, which is a plus for most growers.

To date, the ARS has not gathered enough information to offer an evaluation for 'Charlotte', so if you grow it, and have an opinion, you may want to offer this data to the ARS for their assessments.

Charlotte, the shrubAt right is a photograph of the whole shrub, so you can get an idea of its growth habit. Photographed at the display gardens of Heirloom Old Garden Roses in St. Paul, Oregon.

ARS merit rating: none
Personal merit rating: undetermined
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 to 8, possibly zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 3 to 6 feet tall X 4 feet wide

Fragrance: 4.0, strong tea scent

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