OLYMPIAD


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Photo Courtesy of Angel Castillo
Long Island Rose Society member

(‘Red Planet’ x ‘Pharaoh’), 1982
Hybridizer – Sam McGredy, New Zealand
Introducer – Armstrong Nursery, Ontario, California

           Olympiad was the official rose of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.  It was also the winner of the All America Rose Selection Award in 1984 and the Gold Medal Portland Award in 1985.  Olympiad is one of the best red hybrid teas as a bedding rose for gardeners and an excellent source for cut flower.  The blooms come usually singly on long stems.  Olympiad has good repeat throughout the season.  The long pointed buds unfurl to double (35 to 40 petals), large (4 – 5 inches across), high-centered brilliant clear red flowers with a mild fragrance.  Very thorny stems bear medium green, semi-glossy foliage with medium red new growth.  Olympiad is a tall (4 to 6 ft with a spread of 3 to 4 ft.) upright, compact rose plant.  Disease resistance is generally good but if you have a problem with black spot in your area, it is advisable to take preventive measures.  If only Olympiad had a strong fragrance, it could be a perfect rose.      




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