'Sunbonnet Sue'

(Pronounced: Sun Bon-net SUE

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Sunbonnet Sue'

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Sunbonnet Sue' has large, long-pointed buds of dark Naples yellow that open to double (20-30 petals), open (4-4.5 inch) blooms of Naples yellow, stippled with scarlet. The colors lighten with age.

The blooms, borne in clusters of 1 - 10, repeat and have a sweet fragrance. The abundant, large, leathery to semi-glossy foliage is medium green and has good tolerance to foliar disease. The small thorns are brown and awl-like.

The erect plant is bushy and blooms from June until killing frost.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Synstylae

 
GROUP:

Buck

 
CLASS:

S

 
SEED
PARENT:

'Gold Dot'  

POLLEN
PARENT:

'Malaguena'  

BREEDER:

Buck  

INTRODUCED:

'Sunbonnet Sue' was introduced by Dr. Griffith Buck, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in 1984.  

DATE:

1984 [ USA ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    3 '     to    4 '           Width:    2 '     to    3 '



'Sunbonnet Sue' maakes a small upright bushy plant 3' to 4' in height.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

'Sunbonnet Sue' haslarge, medium green, semi-glossy, leathery foliage that is very disease resistant. The leaflets are ovate in shape with pointed tips, and there are dense small serations around the edges of the leaflets.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

Repeat. The flowers of 'Sunbonnet Sue' repeat in cycles from April until frost.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    4.00"      to      4.50"           Cluster Size:    1      to      10           Petal Count:    20 to 30          

The blooms are large (4" - 4.5") and double (25 petals), and they occur in clusters of 1-10 flowers.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

Pink Blend. The flowers of 'Sunbonnet Sue' are yellow, stippled with scarlet. They pale with age.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

Fragrant. 'Sunbonnet Sue' has a moderate sweet fragrance.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 4 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Sunbonnet Sue' is a very hardy and care-free small shrub that tolerates poorer soils and has god disease resistance.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Sunbonnet Sue' is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Good for bedding or mass plantings
    ** Suitable for hedging and fence rows
    ** Commercial Availability is limited

Because of its small size and spectacular flowers, 'Sunbonnet Sue' is a good candidate for bedding and low hedging applications.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:
 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 565.

Buck, Mary. Buck Roses - Hardy Roses Developed by Dr. Griffith Buck. Ames, IA: Iowa State Univeristy. 1998, p. 13.

Ormesher, J. E. , PhD. Snow Roses Desert Blooms - The Buck Collection. Valentine, Nebraska: Plum Plubishing. 2001, pp. 102-103.

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