bred by Paul Barden, 1999. Registered October 2001.
To see a larger image of the new cane with its red thorns and mossy buds, click on the image at left.
So far, this has remained a short shrub of about 20" tall, and slightly wider than that. As you can see, it is also VERY thorny. I don't mind that.....I think that roses are supposed to be thorny anyway! The new spring foliage is a wonderful mahogany red color, with shimmering pearlescent bluish highlights! I almost like the young spring foliage more than its mature leaves.
As you can see, I have named and registered this rose for my friend in San Jose, California; Mel Hulse. Mel is one of the directors of the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, considered to be the largest collection of roses in the western hemisphere. Mel works hard to promote the SJHRG and rose growing in general, and we are all grateful for the work he does!
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