bred by Buatois,
Moss Rose I have acquired this year is 'Robert Leopold'. (Pictured
at right) Introduced in 1941, this hybrid was created by Buatois, the
same man who bred 'Gabriel Noyelle'.
It is a similar rose in many respects, only much more double. The salmon
blend blooms are quite large at about 4" across, and have a very nice
scent. The mossing on the buds is dark in color and also scented. This
will get to be a large shrub of 6 X 6 feet at maturity, and repeats
modestly after a spectacular spring flush. It is a mystery to me that
this rose has remained an obscure item, while the similar yet less complex
is easily obtained. Perhaps with some publicity that will change? It
is currently available from The
merit rating: none given
Personal merit rating: 8.5
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones
5 to 10, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 6 feet tall.
Fragrance: 3.5, strong, tangy scent.
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