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Julia's Rose, bred by Wisbech Plant Company, England, 1976

A strange beast, to be sure. One of the most well-known of the so-called "Coffee Roses", and one of the most pleasing colors of the lot. Often described as "camelhair tan", or "parchment brown", these are both good color definitions. The colors of the photo shown here are quite accurate. A well-aged bloom looses its brownish tints and takes on more mauve-grey coloring, which I find much less pleasing. Blooms are best picked in the loose bud stage and brought indoors where they will retain their magical creamed coffee coloring.

In the garden this is not a particularly attractive plant, being rather angular and sparse of foliage. (Mind you, many Hybrid Teas of unusual coloring leave a great deal to be desired when it comes to the plant itself) Place it where shorter plants will hide its legginess and sparseness of foliage, give it the best of treatment and prevent disease and you will have some very nice blooms for cutting and perhaps even an adequate garden shrub.

ARS merit rating:
Personal merit rating: 7.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 7 to 10, zone 6 with considerable protection.
Shrub size: 2.5 to 4 feet tall X 2 feet wide.
Fragrance: 2.0, slight fragrance.

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