This rose is the result of a very complex backcross. It is a wonderful ever-blooming variety and is highly disease resistant. Perhaps the best part is that the stems are thornless, making it a very friendly variety to work with. This rose’s name stems from its fall foliage, which resembles a blueberry bush once the leaves begin to change.
The main drawback with this rose is it’s tendency to become reluctant to produce blooms during especially hot summer months.
- Size: Medium
- Classification: Shrub rose
- Year Introduced: 1982
- Growth Habit: Upright, bushy
- Height: 5-8ft
- Width: 5ft
- Color: Medium pink
- Bloom: Semi-double, presenting repeated blooms late spring and early summer
- Fragrance: Very fragrant
- Foliage: Thornless
- Cold Hardiness: USDA Zones 5a to 9b
- Parentage: ‘Commander Gillette’ x [(‘Commander Gillette’ x (R. virginiana alba x ‘Betty Morse’)]