RoseFile Database

Duet - Hybrid Tea Rose

Duet

Hybrid Tea. Bred by Swim in USA in 1961.
Use:
 
Bed
Color:
 
Coral
Form:
 
Double&Loose
Fragrance:
 
Slight Tea
Remontance:
 
Good Continuity
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 7 - 9
Height & Width:
 
4 ft x 3 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments "One of this century's greatest roses for sheer exuberance and continuity of flowers," claims Botanica's Roses of the hybrid tea rose Duet. It produces a profuse flurry of blossms whose coral & dusky-rose petals fade to pale pink at the edges. Instead of detracting, this seems to add interest. At it's best, Duet seems to fully measure up to Botanica's assessment; but there are hints that it might have been over-propagated and/or oversold since ARS members rate it solidly below average. There is an 'improved' version that rates highly with ARS members.

BTW: It seems a little silly to call this a hybrid tea rose since its chief strength is the sheer number of flowers it produces - as is true of a floribunda, and its chief weakness is that its flowers are not nearly so formal as those of a hybrid tea rose. One must wonder what part of its low ARS rating is due to its inability to meet expectations for the class. Evidently, too, cold hardiness was not its strong suit, so it may have suffered poor ratings outside California and the South.