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Unknown Red Rose

Posted by chargreen TX/Aus/SM (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 15, 05 at 21:20

This is a two year old rose from a cutting I took from my grandparents abandoned homesite. It bloomed once so far in June but it is in a bed that gets only morning sun. The canes were about 4 to 6 foot long and growing tangled in other brambles in full shade. I don't think it is a climber. The rose never grew up into the nearby tree. I don't know how old it is but we have pictures of a rose in that area in the 50's. This rose has been growing without any care for at least the last 20 years. Does it look familiar to anyone?
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Here is a link that might be useful: Closeup of rose

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RE: Unknown Red Rose

Your photos are clear and helpful.

I can't be sure, but the close-up reminds me of 'Sarabande' which was introduced in the late '50s -- link to information below (click on Photos tab for more pictures):

Here is a link that might be useful: Sarabande

RE: Unknown Red Rose

I agree that Sarabande would be a good guess but the info says it only grows to 20" and is orange red.
Some more info on my rose that might help.
My grandparents were not gardeners so the rose had to be a gift or widely available before at least 1970. It was originally growing beside the driveway with an old steel wagon wheel for support. It had long canes coming from the ground. When I took cuttings I tried to find the plant at the base of the canes but it seems to have been overtaken by a hackberry tree. I am thinking that the color in the picture may be misleading because we remember the rose as a lighter color. It may be like my Maggie rose in that the color varies with the temperature and sunlight available. I may have to wait until I move it to a sunnier spot and watch it's blooms and growth habits for awhile.

RE: Unknown Red Rose

I found this description and picture of the Blaze rose. The closeup looks very similiar to my rose if you adjust the color. My rose was totally abandoned for many years maybe if it was growing in the sun and taken care of it might have started out as a Blaze rose.

Here is a link that might be useful: Blaze Rose

RE: Unknown Red Rose

My guess would've been Blaze, but usually someone mentions if they think it's a climber. Your 2nd post confirms, "... long canes coming from the ground." That clinches it for me.

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