Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Petal count: double: 16-25 petals
Rose bloom color: Dark red
Extra Bloom Info: Semi-double to double, in clusters
Rebloom: Some
Class: Other: Hybrid Wichurana
Extra Color Info: Dark red
Growth Habit: typically 10-12 feet
Fragrance: Mild
Hybridizer & year: Captain George C. Thomas, 1914
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 6 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Plant Height: 10-12 feet
Plant Spread: 4-7 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Parentage: Ethel x Gruss an Teplitz

Alternative cultivar names:
  • 'Dr. Huey'
  • 'Dr. Robert Huey'
  • 'Shafter'

Common names
  • Rose

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  • Posted by GardenQuilts (Delray Beach, FL - Zone 10b) on Jun 21, 2016 1:08 PM concerning plant:
    This rose was struggling to grow in the yard when I moved here. It has been over 10 years since anyone gardened in this yard in the rose-unfriendly Pocono mountains. Some tough plants have survived the neglect, including a little non-multiflora rose. I suspected it may be the doctor, but have waited for a bloom.

    I am labeling it and letting it grow on a bamboo tripod for now. If it thrives, I may build a bigger structure and find a clematis to keep it company.

    I wouldn't plant it on purpose - would anyone?

    I admire a survivor, so it can stay if it behaves itself!
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 1:21 PM concerning plant:
    I think everyone who's grown roses has grown Dr. Huey. Most store-bought roses (especially "body bag" roses) are grafted onto Dr. Huey rootstock. It's a single bloomer and sends out incredibly long canes like a rambler. The canes are easy to distinguish from the "desired" rose, as usually they're darker (almost reddish) and have smaller thorns. Dr. Huey is an incredibly hardy rose that is not easily killed. It will send out suckers everywhere! Too many of my desirable roses reverted back to Dr. Huey the 2nd or 3rd year.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Feb 7, 2014 1:55 PM concerning plant:
    I have grown Dr. Huey, but never on purpose! Every so often a grafted rose dies and this is what shows up as the rootsock grows. At that stage I dig it out and toss it.
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