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Apricot Drift® Rose

Rosa 'Meimirrote'

Rosa Apricot Drift on low in Davis in May 2020. Photo: K Reid
Rosa Apricot Drift on low in Davis in May 2020. Photo: K Reid

Summary

Apricot is another new rose in the Drift® series. Apricot Drift® forms low, uniformly mounded shrubs with small leaves. These mounds produced masses of small, fragrant, pale pink rosettes reminiscent of ‘Cécile Brünner’ beginning in April and peaking in May in Davis, with some blooms through October. With the cool beginning to summer in 2020 in Irvine, peak bloom was later in July and August. In both sites, Apricot Drift® was less affected by either pests or disease than the Peach Drift® evaluated the same year, yielding higher overall appearance scores. Especially in the heat of Davis, these maintained an overall appearance in the very good range until September when they began to look a bit tired but still acceptable. In Davis, Apricot Drift® very narrowly fell short of the threshold for the Blue Ribbon™ award for outstanding performance on low water. Our data supports a recommendation of low water use for WUCOLS Regions 2 and 3.

Basic Info

Submitted by: Star Roses & Plants
Trial Exposure: Sun
Year evaluated: 2020
Height & Width
(after 2 years):
 22" x 43" - UC Davis
 25" x 41" - SCREC
Reported Height & Width
(at maturity):
18" x 30"
WUCOLS plant type: Gc S
Water Needs & WUCOLS Region:
 Low - Region 2 
 Low - Region 3
Mean Overall 
Appearance rating:
(1-5 Scale, 5 is highest)
 3.9 - UC Davis 
 3.5 - SCREC
Flowering Months
 April-Oct. - UC Davis
 April-Oct. - SCREC

Growth and Quality Data

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Apricot Drift® bloom close up in May 2020. Photo: J Sisneroz
Apricot Drift® bloom close up in May 2020. Photo: J Sisneroz

Apricot Drift® still pumping out blooms in late August in Davis despite the heavy ash from wildfires. Photo: K Reid
Apricot Drift® still pumping out blooms in late August in Davis despite the heavy ash from wildfires. Photo: K Reid