William Booth

I’m thinking of using William Booth as a pillar rose in my new garden, and was wondering how it acts as seed parent. The listed parents of WB look really interesting. Does it easily take on characteristics from the pollen parent?

Thanks, Brian

‘William Booth’ is very fertile as a pistillate parent and the seeds germinate easily. The Rosa kordesii sprawling characteristic of the shrub is probably dominate in the appearance of its seedlings.

I’ve used it mainly as a male parent and have had a wide array of seedlings with it. Most have the sprawling characteristic Paul mentioned, but a few were very compact as well.