Second rose launches in Canadian collection

April 17, 2019
Written by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
A new bloom has dawned in Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection of bred-in-Canada garden and landscape roses.

Vineland officially released Chinook Sunrise, the second in a series of roses developed for their hardiness and ability to blossom almost anywhere in Canada. The rose was unveiled in March at Canada Blooms, Canada’s largest garden and flower festival.

“I want to congratulate the hardworking team at Vineland who our government is proud to support. Their innovations, such as the Chinook Sunrise rose, help to keep our ornamental horticulture farmers on the cutting edge and grow our economy," said Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

“Launching the Chinook Sunrise is an exciting moment that showcases the incredible innovation that is happening in horticulture in our province,” said Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Our government is proud to support Vineland’s projects like this, which can provide new products and economic growth for the agriculture sector, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.”

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Chinook Sunrise boasts outstanding beauty with its unique coral blossoms resembling the bright, warm hues of a rising sun. The flowers start as deep apricot buds, revealing a riot of pink as they open and the days are growing warmer. Chinook Sunrise’s incredible range of colour strays from the usual dark pink and red shades that have dominated Canadian rose breeding.

Even better, Chinook Sunrise is a low-maintenance addition to landscapes because of its black spot tolerance and winter hardiness across Canada. It’s also a repeat bloomer, so it stays stunning all season. Chinook Sunrise will be available at gardening centres and greenhouses across the country in time for the 2019 growing season.

Chinook Sunrise succeeds Canadian Shield, the wildly successful first release in the collection. The red rose was launched in 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th birthday and has been a popular addition to gardens nationwide since then. Canadian Shield was named Canada Blooms’ 2017 Plant of the Year.

More information is available at 49throses.com including details on Aurora Borealis, the next rose in the collection set for release in 2021.

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