Buff Beauty, bred by Anne Bentall, UK 1939.
Breeding: William Allan Richardson X unknown. By its pedigree, this rose is one-half Noisette in breeding. This would explain its semi-climbing habit. Introduced by one of Joseph Pemberton's students after his death in 1926, it is considered to be one of the finest of the class. I would tend to agree, as this is my favorite of the group.
Bloom is prolific..... almost constant throughout the season, with a particularly fine display in the late fall. The color of the 2.5 to 3 inch flowers varies from a rich apricot, to a buff-honey color, or anything in the peachy-yellow range. The color depends on weather, time of year, and soil conditions. No matter what, the color is always agreeable. The fragrance is a mix of the phenolic Tea rose scent and fruit.
The shrub is often wider than it is tall, growing to about 5 feet in height and speading laterally. Disease resistance is excellent, although it is not likely reliably hardy in zones colder than 6b or 7.
merit rating: 8.1
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