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'Abelzieds' rose Description
'Abeljzieds' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Christina i Taxinge, Sweden
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Medium pink Hybrid Rugosa.
Registration name: Abelzieds
Exhibition name: Abelzieds
Bred by Dr. Dzidra Alfredovna Rieksta (Latvia, 1968).
Hybrid Rugosa.  
Pink.  Mild fragrance.  12 to 15 petals.  Average diameter 2.25".  Medium, semi-double (9-16 petals), cluster-flowered bloom form.  Occasional repeat later in the season.  

Height: 5' to 6' (150 to 185cm).  Width: 5' to 6' (150 to 185cm).
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  
Breeder's notes:
Name is Latvian, meaning apple blossom in English
USSR (former) - Patent  on  1968
Dz. Rieksta has got a certificate of breeder rights for Abelzieds, issued in 1968 by authorities of the former USSR.
Ulf Eliasson adds the following comments:-
Upright shrub to 120 cm. Leaves fragrant, shining. Twigs green and very spiny. Flowers 5-6 cm, semidouble, pink with a white center... fading and fragrant. Corymbs with many flowers, weak pedicels and therefore often pendent. Stamens golden yellow... darkening. Once flowering during a couple of weeks.

This rose is the parent of many roses which have become very popular in Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries as they are healthy and hardy. 'Agra', 'Parsla', 'Ritausma' (maybe the most popular) and 'Zaiga' all bred by Dzidra Alfredovna Rieksta.

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