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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Christopher Columbus'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Christopher Columbus
Additional cultivar information: (aka Christoph Columbus, Christophe Colomb, Cristobal Colon, Cristoforo Colombo, MEIronse, MEIronsse)
Hybridized by Meilland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1992

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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Orange and orange blend (ob)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

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Other Details:
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Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Melissande On Jun 20, 2009, Melissande from Chillicothe, OH wrote:

This is the most vigorous monster of a rose I've ever grown--and I have a 50+ rose garden. I trimmed a branch of it and popped it into a bucket of water, in case I might want to try propagating it, *a month later* it bloomed, in the bucket, five blooms that weren't there when I cut it. The shrub is 5 ft tall, 3ft wide, the blossoms are 6" across and it's covered with them almost every day all summer--AND I LIVE IN zone5b where it's not supposed to be tough enough to survive! I wish all roses were like CC.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chillicothe, Ohio

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