'Dr. Huey'

(Pronounced: Dr. HUEY)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Dr. Huey' , 'Shafter'

'Dr. Huey'

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'Dr. Huey' is a vigorous moderate rambler that will grow to 10'. Left to its own devices, the slender canes form a mounding shrub.

 

'Dr. Huey'

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The flowers are truly beautiful- open dark red cup-shaped blooms with large golden stamen areas.

 

'Dr. Huey'

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'Dr. Huey' canes are very slender and flexible, and the flowers tend to form at the ends of the canes. Therefore, left to its own devices, its beautiful arching growth habit forms a mounding shrub.

 

'Dr. Huey'

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The flowers are astonishingly beautiful for a common rootstock rose. The petals are dark red and velvety and the central stamen area is bright gold.

 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Dr. Huey' is a very hardy early large flowered climbing rose, with dark red, medium sized (2" - 3"), semi-double (15 petals) flowers. The flower are a soft, velvety, crimson-maroon, with prominent golden anthers, and they are exquisitely beautiful.

'Dr. Huey' is commonly found at old home sites, because it has been used for years as a rootstock for Hybrid Tea roses. When the grafted rose dies, the Dr. Huey rootstock spouts and thrives. The primary bloom is in the spring.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Synstylae

 
GROUP:  
CLASS:

LCl

 
SEED
PARENT:

'Ethel'  

POLLEN
PARENT:

'Gruss an Teplitz'  

BREEDER:

Thomas  

INTRODUCED:

Dr. Huey was introduced by Thomas (USA) in 1920.  

DATE:

1914  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    8 '     to    10 '           Width:    3 '     to    5 '



Dr. Huey grows to heights of 8' - 10'. Left to its own devices the slender arching canes will a large mounding shrub.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is dark green and glossy.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

O - Once. 'Dr. Huey' starts blooming in mid-spring (April in the Texas Hill Country) and continues blooming for about 3 weeks with a spectacular display.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    1.50"      to      2.50"           Cluster Size:    4      to      6           Petal Count:    15 to 15          

'Dr. Huey' flowers are medium-sized (2" to 3") and double, forming open cups with a large golden stamen area in the center.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

dr - Dark red. 'Dr. Huey' blooms are dark red with a large golden stamen area. As the flowers age, they turn darker shades and are finally a crimson/mauve color.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

None.  

FRAGRANCE:

sf - Slightly fragrant. 'Dr. Huey' has a slight fragrance.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 5 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Dr. Huey' is a very hardy and disease resistant plant that was used extensively as understock for hybrid tea roses. The spring bloom is so beautiful that one hardly minds the absence of flowers the rest of the year.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Dr. Huey' is easily propagated from cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Tolerant of shade
    ** Tolerant of poorer soils
    ** Suitable for growing in pots
    ** Widely Availabile

'Dr. Huey' is a robust once-blooming rambling rose with dark red flowers and beautiful golden stamens. It was frequently used as root stock for grafted hybrid tea roses in the early part of the 20th century.

As a result, 'Dr. Huey' is often found around abandoned home sites where the hybrid tea roses have long since departed but the root stock lives on.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

My first specimen of Dr. Huey was originally given the study name of "Wier Homestead" because it had been growing and blooming beautifully for many years at the site of the old Wier Homestead on the Salado Creek between San Antonio and Seguin.

I eagerly planted the cuttings and six months later I put them in a semi-permanent location in the rose circle. The next spring I was astonished to see the number of buds forming on the nearly horizontal arching canes.

It looked like a picket fence with literally hundreds of buds lining the canes and sticking straight up! But I was unprepared for the beauty that was to come when the buds opened. What a mass of dark red! It was wonderful, and well worth the wait.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 137.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 133.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 84.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 344.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, p. 114.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, p. 234.