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Hettie, bred by Paul Barden, introduced 2004.

Breeding: 'Bonica 82' X 'Abraham Darby'.

I have often thought that since 'Bonica' is such a fine shrub, that it might make a decent parent as well. Matching it with a proven parent, such as 'Abraham Darby' seemed like the direction to go, and this hybrid resulted. Out of a small group of seedlings, three were kept, this being the nicest, in my opinion. One other is a peach colored semi-double that blooms in clusters on a 3 foot shrub, but they fade to off-white too fast. Another is similar to this white one, but a smaller shrub with less vigor.

To date, this rose grows as a small climber, to about 6 feet tall, with fairly lax canes that produce clusters of up to 20 blooms, mostly towards the ends of the canes. The subsequent bloom cycles result in lateral branches along much of the cane length, which means a significant increase in bloom quantity. Left to grow without support, it will grow as a fountain-shaped shrub about 7 feet across and 5 feet tall. Repeat of bloom is not constant, but it produces several major flushes of bloom per season.

Individual blooms are about 2.5 to 3 inches across, fully double with an amber glow at the center. There is a very pleasant fresh fragrance that reminds me of green apples, not unlike the scent of 'Sombreuil'. In mid-summer, the blooms often show a button eye, not unlike many older roses.

Available exclusively from The Uncommon Rose

ARS merit rating: NA
Personal merit rating: undecided, but pretty good so far!
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 5 to 9.
Shrub size: 5 to 7 feet tall, depending on climate.
Fragrance: 3.0 light fresh "apple" fragrance.

Bonica '82 News
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Cardinal Hume Oshun
Crested Jewel Out of Yesteryear
Dragon's Blood Playtime
Dusky Maiden Precious Dream
Elegant Design Purple Buttons
Hettie Queen Elizabeth
Jocelyn Rainforest
Joyce Barden "Redgold"
Julia's Rose Red Trail
Lady Angela Schoener's Nutkana
Lavender Pinocchio Sharon's Delight
"Laver-Thomas" Star of the Nile
Lilac Charm Tantarra
Linda Campbell The Dahlia Rose
Louise Clements Un-named seedling from Abraham Darby
Lyda Rose Vesper
Mariposa Gem Victoriana
Midnight Blue Vineyard Song
Muriel Humenick Wedding Cake

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