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Unnamed seedling, bred by Paul Barden, 1998

'Tuscany Superb' X 'Othello'Breeding: 'Tuscany Superb' X 'Othello'.

This rose is currently being used for breeding purposes only, although it is beginning to show some garden-worthiness in its own right. It has proven to be extremely Blackspot resistant, and is making a sturdy, arching shrub with pleasant form. In time, I may decide to releaseit if it continues to perform as well as it currently does.

Individual blooms are about 4 inches across, and have 12 to 20 petals each. There is a pleasant fragrance, but it is mild compared to that of its English parent. The color of the bloom is a shimmering medium crimson that changes to a darker crimson as it ages. The foliage and overall plant habit is very Gallica-like, with a tendancy to grow larger than most Gallicas, ie; 5 feet or more. This rose gets a lot of comments from visitors to my garden when it is in bloom.

ARS merit rating: None
Personal merit rating: 8.0, but under assessment.
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 3 to 8, zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: unknown, likely 4 to 5 feet tall X 4 feet wide.
Fragrance: 3.0, mild Gallica scent.

Alain Blanchard seedling,
(see Song of the Stars)
Chianti Gloire de France Sissinghurst Castle
Alika Complicata Henri Fouquier Song of the Stars
Allegra (new 2003) Cramoisi Picotee Hippolyte Surpasse Tout
Belle de Crecy "Deep Purple" James Mason Tricolore de Flandre
Belle Isis Désirée Parmentier La Belle Sultane Tuscany
Belle sans Flatterie Duc de Guiche Marianne Tuscany Superb
"Brooks Purple" Duc de Fitzjames 'Mécène' Tuscany Superb X Othello
Camayeux Duchesse de Montebello Nestor Un-named seedling
"Carol's Favorite" Ellen Tofflemire Orpheline de Juillet "William Grant"
Charles de Mills Empress Josephine Rosa Mundi Ypsilante
Cardinal de Richelieu Gallicandy "Rush Family Rose"  

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