"Martha Gonzales CL"

(Pronounced: MAR-th-ah gone-ZAA-less)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

"Martha Gonzales CL"

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"Martha Gonzales, CL" is the climbing sport of the "Martha Gonzales" rose that was found in Navasota, Texas in the early 1980's. The foliage and blooms of "Martha Gonzales, CL" are identical to the original plant.

However, it has a moderately vigorous growth habit with many long slender canes. The bright red flowers of this fine rose are particularly pleasing against the uniquely colored foliage.

 

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"Martha Gonzales, CL" is in bloom during most of the growing season and the bright red flowers are particularly pleasing against the uniquely colored foliage.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

"Martha Gonzales, CL" is the climbing sport of the "Martha Gonzales" rose that was found in Navasota, Texas in the early 1980's.

The foliage and blooms of "Martha Gonzales, CL" are identical to the original plant, but it has a moderately vigorous growth habit with many long slender canes.

The plant is a twiggy moderately climbing (6' - 12') China rose with single bright scarlet flowers. Its foliage is a unique shade of dark gray-green, and the new growth is dark red.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

Found

 
CLASS:

Cl Ch

 
SEED
PARENT:

Climbing sport of "Martha Gonzales"  

POLLEN
PARENT:

 

BREEDER:

Unknown  

INTRODUCED:

The climbing sport of "Martha Gonzales" first appeared in College Station, Texas in 1999.  

DATE:

1999 [ United States ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    5 '     to    10 '           Width:    3 '     to    6 '



"Martha Gonzales, CL" is a moderate climber (6' - 12') that has numerous long slender canes. Without training or shaping it bears some slight resemblance to a teen-ager on a "bad hair day".  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The dense foliage is a unique flat gray-green, and the new growth has a dark red tinge. The leaves are rather small and pointed. "Martha Gonzales, CL" does not normally shed its foliage during mild winters.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. "Martha Gonzales" starts blooming in mid-spring (April in the Texas Hill Country) and continues to bloom profusely, off and on, until frost.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    1.50"      to      2.50"           Cluster Size:    5      to      7           Petal Count:    50 to 5          

"Martha Gonzales, CL" flowers are single and small (1-1/2" to 2-1/2"in diameter) and open flat like a wild rose with fairly prominent gold stamens and a slight white eye around the stamens.

White rays from the eye may extend into the center or along the edges of the petals.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

mr - Medium red. "Martha Gonzales, CL" blooms are bright crimson red, and do not fade at all as the blooms age.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None. In cool weather, the color darkens and the petals become velvetly, and the blooms increase in size to 2-1/2".  

FRAGRANCE:

SF - Slightly Fragrant. "Martha Gonzales" has a very pleasing slight fragrance, but the fragrance dissipates rapidly in hot weather, leaving no noticeable fragrance.

 
HIPS:

Globular; Red; 3/8". "Martha Gonzales" are not too common, but when they appear, they are small, spherical and red.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 0 - 0  

CULTURE:

"Martha Gonzales, CL" is rather drought tolerant and will bloom and perform satisfactorily in partial shade, although it prefers bright sun. There are no apparent disease problems, but it occasionally exhibits some chlorosis from alkaline soils.

Because "Martha Gonzales, CL" blooms so profusely, periodic removal of spent blossoms with hedge shears is recommended to encourage continued production of flowers.

 
PROPAGATION:

"Martha Gonzales, CL" is easy to root and is readily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Suitable for growing into trees
    ** Requires sunny location to thrive
    ** Suitable for use as a climbing or pillar rose
    ** Availability is limited

The flowers are frequently borne in clusters on the top of the plant, and may occur singly in the lower plant margins.

The buds are rather small and dark crimson red, and are covered gray-green sepals that are the same color as the foliage.

 
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INFORMATION:
 
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