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Mrs. Dudley Cross - Tea Rose

Mrs. Dudley Cross

Tea. Bred by Paul in UK in 1907.
Use:
 
Shrub
Color:
 
White/Pink
Form:
 
Muddled
Fragrance:
 
Slight
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 7 - 9
Height & Width:
 
6 ft x 4 ft
Recommendation:
 

Comments It creates a well branched and densely foliated shrub. Its pale yellow flowers blush as they age and are framed by pink petals. Above all, it's a survivor. It evidently thrives on neglect in some of the worst possible conditions: heat, humidity, drought, searing sunlight, and total lack of attention. There are complaints from old rose lovers that the petals of the flowers are too stiff and the appearance of the rose too modern; but at least there is the considerable consolation that on a towering shrub, the blossoms face outward and hang on slightly pendulous stems.

BTW: Antique Rose Emporium's write-up of this rose is so apt that one can find it quoted at Angel Gardens. Even Linda's Antique Roses uses ARE's "careless gardener" terminology to explain the caliber of care that this rose survives.