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PlantFiles: Floribunda Rose
Rosa 'Rainbow Sorbet'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rainbow Sorbet
Additional cultivar information: (PP16408, aka BAIprez, MEIbaiprez)
Hybridized by Lim/Twomey; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Bloom Color:
Yellow blend (yb)
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are moderately thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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6 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Otkon On Apr 5, 2013, Otkon from Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought and planted this rose late in the season two years ago. And it grew to its full (6ft) height before the first frost! It is quite sturdy for its size but I still have the main cane strapped to a landscaping fence. The leaves are relatively fungus-resistant unless it is a very wet summer. But otherwise this is a strong performer of a rose.

Positive sunshimmer On Jun 20, 2012, sunshimmer from Shamokin, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I got this bush 2 years ago at a local nursery. It was about a foot and a half high in mid-summer with about 5-6 blooms on it. By the end of summer, about 2 months later (we have short summers here) it was about 5ft high, and had bloomed repeatedly and profusely. It only gets very early morning sun and very late afternoon sun. I didn't prune it at all yet. This year, it has already reached about 6 1/2- 7ft tall and easily has 3 dozen blooms on it at any given time. Just constantly reblooms! It's very stunning! It is only about 3ft wide at the moment, but very tall. It has developed very thick stems, some being 1-1 1/2 in thick, and some very large thorns to match! I had to stake it up all the way around to hold it up because all the blooms tend to make it fall over even with the thick stems! I didn't give it any winter protection (it's on a very windy slope and we get plenty of snow) and no pruning or fertilizing last year. Only fertilized a little this year with plenty of water.

Positive WinterGirl21 On Jul 28, 2009, WinterGirl21 from Vancouver, BC (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have this rose in a large pot. It is virtually disease free and blooms continuously.

Negative Olyguy On Mar 6, 2009, Olyguy from Olympia, WA wrote:

Only one flush in late spring...very little rebloom....disease resistant, not! one of the worst performers in my garden.

Positive erdooley On Aug 3, 2008, erdooley from Decatur, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is one of my favorites roses! Very prolific, blooming continuously from May-Sept. Of all my floribundas, it is probably the one that is most resistant to black spot and other diseases. Absolutely gorgeous!

Positive dare2love On Jun 1, 2008, dare2love from Racine, WI wrote:

This floribunda is by far one of my best performing roses. Very very very disease resistant and beautiful. All of my other roses require spraying to keep disease free (and in some cases they still end up with it), but this guy is a tough one. I planted it 3 years ago, and it has survived many a tough winter here in Wisconsin, and is always the first of the roses to leaf out and produce the first roses. Provides endless supply of color to the garden from mid June to late September. My only complaint is that there is no fragrance to the blooms, but they sure are beautiful.

Positive sthwnd On Apr 16, 2008, sthwnd from Green Cove Springs, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a great little plant. Seems to be quite disease resistant. Very forgiving for a novice rose gardener, as it's heat tolerant & cold tolerant to our rare FL freezes with no cover. Moderately thorny, repeat bloomer. I only planted it last year, when it was very small, but it has taken off & is full & lovely now. Looking forward to seeing it continue to grow. Multicolored blooms are stunning, as each one is very different, it's always a surprise to see each bud open up.

Neutral mystic On Feb 9, 2007, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

2006 AARS (All-American Rose Selection) winner.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Richmond, British Columbia
Fairfield, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Sebastopol, California
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Decatur, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Omaha, Nebraska
Trenton, New Jersey
Columbus, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Easley, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Richmond, Virginia
Olympia, Washington
Racine, Wisconsin

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