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Denomination: 'Auspeet'
Trade name: Charles Darwin
Botanical Name: Rosa
Applicant/Holder: David Austin Roses Limited
Bowling Green Lane
United Kingdom
Breeder: David Austin, David Austin Roses Limited, Albrighton, United Kingdom
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2004-03-09
Application Number: 04-4095
Grant of Rights Date: 2010-03-17
Certificate Number: 3813
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2028-03-17

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Ausbaker' (Teasing Georgia)

Summary: 'Auspeet' has a shorter, wider leaf than 'Ausbaker'. 'Auspeet' has lighter green leaf colour than 'Ausbaker'. 'Auspeet' has a larger flower diameter than 'Ausbaker'. 'Auspeet' has a higher number of petals in the corolla than 'Ausbaker'. 'Ausbaker' differs slightly in flower colour from 'Ausbaker'.


PLANT: English shrub rose, bushy growth habit
YOUNG SHOOT ANTHOCYANIN: weak, reddish brown
PRICKLES/THORNS: deep concave, red brown, sparse short and long prickles, absent or very few on pedicel

LEAF: medium green on upper side at time of first flowering, medium glossiness on upper side, three to seven leaflets
TERMINAL LEAFLET: serrate margin, leathery texture, rounded base

FLOWERING HABIT: mid-season, two flowering periods, duration more than ten weeks
FLOWER BUD: globular shape, yellow orange upper and lower surface
SEPAL: weak extensions
FLOWER: medium number per flowering shoot, irregularly rounded when viewed from above, flat on upper part when viewed from the side, concave on lower part when viewed from the side, flower centre infold, very double corolla type, medium yellow American Rose Society colour group, overall colour light yellow, fading to yellow green with age, strong tea and citrus fragrance
PETAL: light yellow on inner and outer side, no reflexing or undulation of margin
BASAL PETAL SPOT: small to medium and yellow orange on outer side, small to medium and yellow on inner side
OUTER STAMEN: yellow and orange filament
STYLE: medium length, white-green, no hair on upper half, positioned above anthers
RECEPTACLE: medium size, funnel shaped, no prickles

Origin & Breeding History: 'Auspeet' originated from a cross between two unnamed seedlings, made at Bowling Green Lane, Albrighton, United Kingdom in 1991. Selection criteria included plant growth habit and repeated flowering.

Tests & Trials: 'Auspeet' was tested at Pickering Nurseries Inc. in Port Hope, Ontario in 2008. The trial included 5 plants of the candidate variety and 7 plants of the reference variety. The candidate and reference varieties were planted in the field as one year old plants in 2006. Measured characteristics were based on 30 measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Auspeet' with reference variety 'Ausbaker'

Leaf length (mm)

  'Auspeet' 'Ausbaker'
mean 146 156
std. deviation 2.34 1.29

Leaf width (mm)

  'Auspeet' 'Ausbaker'
mean 115 106
std. deviation 2.23 0.95

Flower diameter (mm)

  'Auspeet' 'Ausbaker'
mean 94.4 85.3
std. deviation 8.72 6.96

Flower overall colour (RHS)

  'Auspeet' 'Ausbaker'
overall 8C 13A
fading to 2D N/A

Petal colour (RHS)

  'Auspeet' 'Ausbaker'
outside - middle 8D 8D
outside - margin 9D 4D
inside - middle 8C 5D
inside - margin 9D 4D

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Rose: 'Auspeet' (left) with reference variety 'Ausbaker' (right)

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