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Award of Excellence 2018: Miniature and Miniflora Roses

Trial rose garden Washington ParkThe American Rose Society has announced two selections for the Award of Excellcne among minature and miniflora roses. Eligible roses are evaluated for two years (three for climbers) growing in test gardens across the country. The qualities evaluated include novelty, bud form, flower form, opening color, finishing color, substance, habit, quantity of flowers, vigor/renewal, foliage, and disease and insect resistance. The winners are ‘Cutie Pie’ and ‘Houston Levee’.

‘Cutie Pie’

Min Cutie PieThis vigorous, low growing, miniature is bushy and compact. It bears an abundance of short stemmed clusters of high centered blooms with a Hybrid Tea form and has peach and yellow petals edged with dark pink. The medium green leaves are glossy and have good disease resistance.

T<em>ype: Miniature
Origin: Tom Carruth, US, 2016
Parentage: ‘Rugy Ruby’ x seedling
Flower Size: 2.5”
Petal Count: 25-30
Scent: Light, fruity
Plant Size: Low growing

‘Houston Levee’
Min HoustonLeveeA miniature climber, this rose bears sprays of eight to ten of apricot flowers with exhibition form that give way to orange hips. It has dark green glossy foliage and good disease resistance. Repeating quickly, it is also heat tolerant.

Type: Miniature Climber
Origin: Richard J. Anthony, US, 2016
Parentage: seedling x unknown
Flower Size: 1.5”
Petal Count: Double (17-25)
Scent: None
Plant Size: 6-8’