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'Color Magic' rose Description
'Color Magic' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Sheldon, John & Robyn
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Pink blend Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: JACmag
Exhibition name: Color Magic
Bred by William A. Warriner (United States, before 1975).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. (post 1970) in 1978 as 'Color Magic'.
Hybrid Tea.  
Salmon-pink, ages to lighter .  Mild to strong, fruity fragrance.  20 to 30 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Very large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, flat bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Long buds.  
Medium, few or no prickles/thorns, upright, well-branched.  Large, medium green, leathery foliage.  
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, cut flower or garden.  Vigorous.  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.  
United States - Patent No: PP 3,998  on  21 Dec 1976   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 05/634,666  on  24 Nov 1975
flowers of 20 to 30 large round petals; flower color of Orient Pink, when protected from the sun before opening, darkening to Rose Opal when fully open.......
5. Flower color is lighter when fully expanded and exposed to sunlight for several days than is the color of Spellbinder......
Color. -- Center of flower: Upper side of petals near Orient Pink (416). Outer edge of flower: near Rose Opal (022/1). Reverse side of petals near Porcelain Rose (620/2). Base of petals Canary Yellow (2). General tonality from a distance: a blend of Orient Pink (416) irregularly with Rose Opal (022/1) near outer petals......
Discoloration. -- General tonality at end of first day usually more Orient Pink (416) than Rose Opal with reflections of Porcelain Rose (620/2) from lower side of petals. Third day: color changes to nearly all Rose Opal (022/1) and Rose Opal (022) or darker. Color changes only when flowers are on plant. As cut flowers (indoors) the color remains near Orient Pink (416).
Breeder John Sheldon provided the following information about this rose: Some roses fade in the sun, some roses darken in the sun, some roses actually change color in the sun. Roses such as 'Elina','Double Delight', 'Headliner', 'Color Magic' and 'Paradise' all show these traits. In my breeding program, I have worked on making them more dramatic and bringing in new genes. And... it was an area of hybridizing that others were ignoring. At on point these traits were seen as faults. 'Double Delight' was almost discarded because it was thought to be just another WHITE rose. Only later were it's phototropic characteristics seen when it turned red in the sun.