miniature climbing tea. Bred by Paul Barden, 2001. Not yet in commerce.
This particular seedling grew reasonably well in its first year, but did not bloom. Such seedlings are often culled out from other breeders programs, but I kept it, thinking that as long as I had room for it, it could stay! Fortunately for both me and the plant, it bloomed this Spring, producing luminous pink and yellow blend blooms with a very pleasant scent. It now grows as a small climber, with long arching canes at least 4 feet long (it will likely get much larger!) that bloom at every node along its length. This is a trait it inherited from 'Gloire de Dijon'. As a bonus, it reproduces easily from cuttings, just like its seed parent, 'Rise 'N' Shine'. I think it will require another year or two to evaluate its potential before I decide to do anything with it. We shall see!
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