|Botanical Name:||Rhododendron simsii|
Beerveldse Baan 4
Etienne Floré, Hortibreed NV, Lochristi, Belgium
|Agent in Canada:||
Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
Oxford Station, Ontario
|Grant of Rights Date:||2009-06-23|
|Grant of Rights Termination Date:||2027-06-23|
Variety used for comparison: 'Desiree'
Summary: 'Classic Rouge' has more conspicuous markings of the corolla throat than 'Desiree'. The spots of the corolla throat of 'Classic Rouge' are touching while they are not touching for 'Desiree'. In comparison to the upper side of the corolla lobe, the corolla throat is lighter in colour for 'Classic Rouge' whereas it is the same colour for 'Desiree'.
YOUNG LEAF: medium green upper side
MATURE LEAF: medium length, medium width, slightly ovate, dark green upper side, medium green lower side, rounded apex
INFLORESCENCE: few to medium number of flowers, medium length pedicel
FLOWER: small to medium diameter, open funnel-shaped, absent or very weak fragrance, semi-double to double type corolla, few petals, calyx with moderate transformation of sepals to petals
COROLLA LOBE: purple red (RHS 66A) margin on upper side, purple red (RHS 66A) middle zone on upper and lower sides, medium undulation of margin
COROLLA THROAT: medium conspicuousness of dark pink red (RHS 53C) spots, lighter colour when compared to middle zone of upper side of corolla lobe
PISTIL: longer in comparison to stamen
TIME OF FLOWERING: begins mid-season
Origin & Breeding History: 'Classic Rouge' is the product of a breeding program conducted in Kruishoutem, Belgium. The objective of the breeding program was to develop new Rhododendron varieties with interesting and unique flower and foliage colours and long flower longevity. 'Classic Rouge' is the result of a hybridization made in March 1990 between the female parent Rhododendron variety 'Friedhelm Scherrer' and the male parent Rhododendron simsii variety 'Desiree'. It was selected in April 1992.
Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Classic Rouge' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, CPVO reference number 20040097, grant number 17720. The trials were conducted by the Bundessortenamt, in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany in 2005. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.
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