'Golden Unicorn' is a lovely golden/apricot shrub hybridized by Dr. Griffith Buck. It was named for Dr. Buck's division in World War II, when he served the United States as a paratrooper. The double blooms are fairly large (4") and are borne in clusters of 4-8 roses, having a sweet fruity fragrance. Although the cycle of each bloom, from bud to fully-blown, is fairly short (about 4 days) this rose is quick to re-bloom, providing season-long color. Like most of Dr. Buck's roses, 'Golden Unicorn' is winter hardy; crown hardy to zone 5 with no winter protection or zone 4 with some winter protection. The foliage is dark, shiny, and extremely disease resistant, another strong point of this rose. The shrub is upright and vigorous, growing about 2 l/2 to 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide, making it a good choice for the front of the border.
Dr. Buck used his own roses and a Kordes rose when hybridizing Golden Unicorn. The seed parent is Buck's white 'Paloma Blanca' and the pollen parents are the Buck rose 'Carefree Beauty' and the Kodes floribunda 'Antike' (not to be confused with the Kordes climber, 'Antike 89'). 'Golden Unicorn' has an ARS rating of 7.9, which may very well increase as more and more gardeners have the opportunity to grow this fine rose.