Flowers are held on straight stems just above the foliage but are not especially abundant.  Sidebuds extend the period of bloom. Very attractive in bloom and is being evaluated for an Award of Landscape Merit.  However, it is best loved by hybridizers because it is fertile.  ‘Moonrise’ is in the lineage of ‘Ace of Hearts’ (Hollingsworth, 2002), ‘Salmon Dream’ (Reath, 1979), ‘Lemon Chiffon’ (Reath, 1981), ‘Pastelelegance’ (Seidl, 1989), ‘Pastelorama’ (Seidl/Bremer, 2013), ‘Pink Bubbles’ (Hollingsworth/Steininger, 2015), ‘Sunny Boy’ (Laning, 1985) and many more seedlings being produced by hybridizers today.

Cultivar: Moonrise
Year: 1949
Seedling No: 15785. Page 22r of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7B: F2 of (lactiflora X “lobata of Perry”) Notebook doesn’t specify exact parentage — elsewhere stated lactiflora ‘Adolphe Rousseau’
Flower: Color: ivory
Form: single, two rows of petals, cup shaped
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 3, very light cream, woolly
Stigmas: white
Disc: white
Stamens: filaments very light yellow
Plant: Habit: upright bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: fairly narrow pointed leaves, not lobed
Height: 38″ in 2021
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries