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"Somerville Big Pink" rose Description
'Madame Caroline Testout (Hybrid Tea, Pernet-Ducher, 1890)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Beth's Northern CA Rose Garden
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Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
Bred by Joseph Pernet-Ducher (France, 1890).
Introduced in Australia by Robert Rattray's Rosebank Nursery in 1894 as 'Madame Caroline Testout'.
Found Rose, Hybrid Tea.  
Pink, darker center, silver(y) outer petals. [Pink.].  Moderate fragrance.  Large, double (17-25 petals), borne mostly solitary, globular, open bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Long, pointed buds.  
Bushy, upright, well-branched.  Large foliage.  

Height: 31" to 47" (80 to 120cm).  
USDA zone 5b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  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.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  
Patent status unknown (to HelpMeFind).
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Dedicated to the wife of a magistrate of Grenoble

[HRIA Tea-Noisette Collection. Early Hybrid Teas:
D58 "Somerville Big Pink". Collected central Victoria from Brenda Weir's childhood home.]
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