Rose (Rosa 'Mr. Bluebird') in the Roses Database

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size:Small: under 2"
Petal count:double: 16-25 petals
Rose bloom color:Mauve and mauve blend
Extra Bloom Info:In clusters
Rebloom:Good
Class:Miniature
Extra Color Info:Mauve and white blend
Growth Habit:Short, 1-2 feet, bushy
Fragrance:Mild
Hybridizer & year:Ralph S. Moore, 1960
Optimal growing zones:USDA zone 4 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)
Plant Height:1-2 feet
Plant Spread:1-2 feet
Leaves:Deciduous
Flowers:Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color:Bi-Color: Mauve and white
Flower Time:Spring
Summer
Fall
Uses:Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Propagation: Other methods:Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers:Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous:Thorned

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Posted by RoseBlush1 (Weaverville, California - Zone 8a) on Sep 24, 2017 12:25 PM

Interesting fact about the registration and marketing of 'Mr. Bluebird' ...

When Ralph Moore introduced this rose in 1960, miniature roses were in fashion, so he registered it as a miniature rose even though it is a china rose. He used the miniature classification because he said, "No one is interested in buying a china rose".

In some rose literature, it is a cross of Old Blush (a china) x Old Blush. Ralph has said it is a self seedling of Old Blush. Since the pollen parent is uncertain, standard practice is to say it was open pollenated.

Like many chinas, it does need to be pruned lightly in spring for a more prolific bloom.

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