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John F. Kennedy Rose

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An exceptional rose with a strong fragrance, producing large, elegant white blooms over disease resistant, leathery green foliage; excellent for cutting; blooms in flushes throughout the season; undaunted by hot summers

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
4 feet
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Rosa
Cultivar:
JFK
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
white
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from late spring to mid fall
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

John F. Kennedy Rose features showy fragrant white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has green deciduous foliage. The oval compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

John F. Kennedy Rose is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

John F. Kennedy Rose will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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