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'Preference ™' rose Description
'Preference ™ (floribunda, Mouchotte/Meilland 2003)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Jean Marion
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Registration name: Meibionel
Exhibition name: Preference ™
Bred by Jacques Mouchotte (France, before 2003).
Introduced in France by Meilland International (after 1997) as 'Preference'.
Introduced in United States by Star Roses & Plants (Pennsylvania) in 2005 as 'Preference'.
Scarlet.  None to mild fragrance.  12 to 25 petals.  Average diameter 3".  Medium, semi-double to double, borne mostly solitary, in small clusters bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Ovoid buds.  
Armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, compact, well-branched.  Semi-glossy, dark green, dense foliage.  3 to 7 leaflets.  

Height: 3' to 4' (90 to 120cm).  Width: 2' to 32" (60 to 80cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose or garden.  Heat tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  
Breeder's notes:
Its deep scarlet red flowers will not burn or fade in the heat.
United States - Patent No: PP 15,878  on  19 Jul 2005   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 10/727,494  on  5 Dec 2003
Inventors: Meilland; Alain A. (Antibes, FR)
The female parent (i.e., the seed parent) of the new variety was an unnamed selection that resulted from the cross of the `Meidanu` variety (non-patented in the United States) and the `Kornita` variety (non-patented in the United States). The male parent (i.e., the pollen parent) was the `Meifiga` variety (non-patented in the United States).
Jacques Mouchotte mentioned as the Breeder at the Rose trials.