Seedling SH-223. Parentage ‘Age of Gold’ x ‘Rosalind Elsie Franklin’. First bloom date 1998, first propagation 2003. Ornate flowers are amber/cream with pink to rose shadings. Very double and ruffled flowers face outward, but not down. Pink stigmas are visible on some flowers. Petals are highly ruffled. Foliage is a light green and leaflets are wide and pointed. Dense foliage provides an excellent backdrop for flowers. Plants are wider than tall and over time may reach four feet if given adequate protection from cold and wind. In the open field ‘Theresa Anne’ reaches a height of 3½ to 4 feet and blooms heavily each year. It has been hardy at Solaris Farms in open field growing situations and other gardens in Northeast Wisconsin. It has produced seed with suffruticosa ‘Taiyo’ and with other lutea hybrids, but itself has no useable pollen. When pollinated by a fertile, presumed tetraploid parent, ‘Theresa Anne’ has set up to 11 seeds per carpel-head, and is also presumed to be a tet. Readily propagated by grafting and fast growing. May be useful as a short landscape shrub due to good foliage and mounded plant form. Of interest to breeders is the pedigree — besides the seed-parent ‘Age of Gold’, this origination is derived on the pollen side from ‘Golden Era’, ‘Chinese Dragon’, and ‘Zephyrus’…… superior cultivars from Dr. David Reath, Prof. A.P. Saunders, and Mr. Nassos Daphnis, a “Who’s Who” in the breeding of shrub hybrids.
Seidl / Bremer