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Rose of the Month For February, 2011
by Frank Treadway, Consulting Rosarian

'Sunstruck’ became a part of our garden in 2006 and has been a colorful repeat bloomer each year with excellent HT form for exhibition. It has a beautiful, deep yellow gold color with a unique pattern of yellow peacock rays on the back of the apricot-orange petals that give the name ‘Sunstruck’. The stems are long and good for cutting (watch out for its many thorns); foliage is dark green and slightly glossy. Blooms are best when they just open and show their bright colors and then they begin to fade gradually. Our bush produces a few large blooms but not many at one time. It is a good idea to have several of these bushes to make a bouquet. The blooms are long lasting and do well in cooler weather but the hot sun tends to fade the vibrant colors. They look their best in the fall. We planted this rose along with the yellow tones from ‘Teasing Georgia’, ‘Henry Fonda’, and ‘Valencia’ in a group. ‘Sunstruck’ is very robust and grows tall (six feet) and upright with its flowers appearing as the crown jewels of the group. It is a great choice for a garden in Marin.

Breeder: Tom Carruth, 2004 (Introduced by Weeks Roses 2005)
Class: Hybrid Tea
Petals: 26-40
Bloom Diameter: 5.5 inches
Color Class: Apricot Blend
Fragrance: Slight fragrance
Disease Resistance: Resistant to mildew and rust Parentage: 'Sunset Celebration' x ('Voodoo' x seedling)
ARS Rating: 7.6

Photo of 'Sunstruck' by Lydia Treadway.

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