RoseFile Database

John F. Kennedy - Hybrid Tea Rose

John F. Kennedy

Hybrid Tea. Bred by Boerner in USA (West Coast) in 1965.
Rose Photo
Use:
 
Bed, Border
Color:
 
White
Form:
 
High-Centered
Fragrance:
 
Strong Fruit or Licorice
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Large - about 5 inches
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 6 - 9
Height & Width:
 
4 ft x 2 ft
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments The blossoms are large, perfectly formed, and fragrant. The plant is vigorous, and disease-resistant. It is also a heavy feeder. It is a very popular rose, having been in commerce since its introduction in 1965. Curiously, the rose rates a middling 6.3 among ARS members. Is it because it's not a good show rose or because it has health/vigor problems?

BTW: A great question arises when contemplating the popularity of this rose: Why does it get planted so often when there are so many other good choices in white hybrid tea roses: Pascali, Karen Blixen, Crystalline, and Pope John Paul II to name but a few. One answer is that its blossoms are large and well formed. But the rose has a rating of 6.5 smong ARS members compared to, say 8.0 for Crystalline, 7.5 for Karen Blixen and 7.8 for Pascali. We suspect that it's a matter of name recognition trumping knowledge of a rose's attributes.