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Schoener's Nutkana, bred by Father George Schoener

'Schoener's Nutkana'
Father Schoener, fondly referred to by his admirers as "Padre of the Roses" was at one time a resident of Brooks, Oregon where he bred roses. (There is another of his roses which was rediscovered by Bill Grant in Brooks, and has been re-introduced into commerce under the name 'Bill Grant') This was one of his hybrids which has survived in commerce. It was created by crossing the old Hybrid Perpetual 'Paul Neyron' with the native species, Rosa nutkana.

Single blossoms of about 4 inches across are produced in profusion in early summer, and sporadically after that. In some climates it is a spring bloomer only. The blooms are very nicely scented, and look like a very much improved R. nutkana! This really is a very beautiful shrub, and I am glad it is still in commerce. Be sure to look up Father Schoener's Hybrid Perpetual, 'Arrilaga', which is also a fine rose. (coming soon!)

ARS merit rating: 7.3
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 5 to 9, possibly zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 6 feet tall, depending on climate.

Fragrance: 3.5 very nice "wild rose" fragrance.

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