Peace Hybrid Tea Rose
Rich sunset tones, sweet fragrance, and perfect form combine to make this the most beloved Rose of recent generations!
In 1935, French rose breeder M. Meilland discovered rose seedling #3-35-40, a beautiful pastel-hued hybrid tea. He was still developing it when France was invaded by Germany, but he managed to send it to the U.S. on the last plane to leave Paris before France fell. American growers took over its development, and on the day that Berlin fell to the Allies, the rose was named 'Peace'. It won AARS honors the day that the peace treaty ending World War II was signed with Japan, and each United Nations member received a 'Peace' Rose at their first meeting.
Each petal on the heavy, substantive 5- to 6-inch double blooms is a soft yellow edged with pink that deepens and spreads with maturity. From attractive ovoid buds, the petals unfold slowly around a high-pointed center. They are borne on heavy, strong, straight stems between 18 and 24 inches long, making them fantastic for vases.
Flower production is unbelievably lavish, and the blooms last a remarkably long time, both on the plant and when cut. The plant reaches 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide, covering itself in healthy, glossy, dark green leaves. Truly the one Rose to plant!
It should be pruned in the spring, with the removal of old canes and dead wood. Cut back canes that cross each other. Gardeners in warmer climates will want to cut the remaining canes by one-third, while those in colder climates will probably need to trim it a bit more.