Prairie Sunrise - a great Buck Rose

By Peggi Tucker

Orange-red rosebuds open to very full double, quartered blooms with salmon tinted petals on the outside and deeper apricot petals inside. Some blooms have a multi-colored face with tinges of yellow and are very beautiful. Each cluster can have up to five blooms and is an abundant bloomer.

This attractive apricot Buck rose almost reminds me of an English rose. Because Griffith Buck roses were bred in such a way to withstand very cold winters, it would be a very hardy survivor in Northern Michigan. It may do well in warmer climates as well, as Buck roses originated in Iowa where summers are very hot.

Prairie Sunrise is an apricot blend colored shrub rose with an ARS rating of 8.2, which is considered a solid to very good rose. Growth habit is a bushy shrub with average dimensions of 3' by 3' and has excellent resistance to blackspot and mildew. It is a fragrant rose with medium green, glossy leaves. This rose reblooms from summer until frost and would be a great cut rose.

Hybridized by Dr. Griffith Buck. Parentage = 'Friesia' x 'Freckleface'