Topaz Jewel, bred by Ralph Moore, California 1984.
Topaz Jewel is one of only a couple of yellow Rugosa roses. Bred by the master of Miniature roses, Ralph Moore, this is a great introduction to the class, most welcome for its strong yellow color and shrubby habit. Blooms are about 3.5 inches across, and produced frequently, with a soft Clove-like scent that is typical of most of the Rugosas. The color is a rich amber yellow upon opening, and it pales to a lighter warm yellow, creating the illusion that there are many shades of yellow on the shrub at one time.
'Topaz Jewel' will make a five foot tall shrub at maturity, but keep in mind that this rose needs at least 2 seasons to get well established. I have seen a friend's plant that suddenly became spectacular in its third year, with bigger blooms that lasted longer, and had more fragrance! This is a great addition to the Rugosa class! Breeding: 'Golden Angel' X 'Belle Poitevine'
merit rating: 7.3
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