Long , narrow, rosy pink buds open to large cup-shaped flowers that have broad pink petals with a deep pink reverse, and  loosely scalloped edges.  The flowers appear singly or in clusters of up to 5, and are very fragrant.  They come in flushes throughout the season but are not good cut flowers.  The upright bushes are vigorous and carry mid-green, semi-glossy leaves that may be, susceptible to blackspot.  In warm climates the bushes can reach 6.6′ but are usually kept trimmed at 3-4′.  The rose honors Paul McCartney of music world fame.

Type: Hybrid Tea

Origin: Meilland, France, 1991

Parentage: (Nirvana x ‘Papa Meilland’) x First Prize

Flower Size: 3.5-4″

Petal Count: 20-25

Scent: Very strong, sweet, fruity, citrus, spicy

Flowering: Repeats well

Plant Size: 3-6′ H x 2-2.5′ W

Hardiness: Zones 6-9

ARS Rating: 8.2


Bagatelle FA 1988

Geneva GM 1988

Le Roeulx GM & FA 1988

Madrid FA 1988

Monza GM & FA 1988

Paris GM 1988

Belfast FA 1988

Durbanville FA 1993

Paris FA 1993

New Zealand FA 1996



By Karen