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PlantFiles: Grandiflora Rose
Rosa 'Dream Come True'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dream Come True
Additional cultivar information: (aka Wekdocpot)
Hybridized by Pottschmidt; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)

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

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

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


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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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4 positives
1 neutral
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative lancer23 On Jul 20, 2014, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Its not that great of a rose if you don't spray. Its covered with blackspots most of the time. The flower is large and is a yellow pink blend. Nice big size flowers and generous in number of blooms. It last pretty long and holds on to its petal when faded which makes dead-heading essential otherwise very unsightly and messy looking. No scent detected, and when grow in sunny area the flower petals will be bleached and blistered. Its sad to see a whole bunch of colorful blooms washed out and ruin. I'm happen to be in a windy area and the long stem unfortunately can't stand the force and break, often still in buds.(self pruning:-()
Its a very tall bush about 6 ft.
I recommend "rainbow sorbet" if you really like yellow, pink blend roses which I happen to grow it next to this one. Far better in health and bloom quality. In same care and same location far out perform DCT. But shorter is size.

Negative tgwWhale On Feb 24, 2014, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

This rose was a failure for me. I planted one in 2011. In the catalog it appeared to have yellow petals with red edges. In my garden the colors were more "washed out" than in the catalog photo, and what was there faded quickly. The flower form was generally poor. Also the bush did not grow vigorously, and the number of blooms was poor, particularly for a grandiflora.

After two summers, I culled this one. Thumbs down.

Neutral gardeningaddict On May 19, 2011, gardeningaddict from Lees Summit, MO wrote:

I planted the Dream Come True rose 5 years ago. The first two years it was lovely but in the spring of it's 3rd year, it seemed to die away. I removed dead canes but left it alone. By that fall, new canes had started coming up through the soil away from the bud union. The 4th summer had more new growth, also away from the bud union but with no flowers. This spring it has flourished and is beginning to bloom but the flowers are RED. Is it reverting back to a parent plant? I can't find record of what they are. What would cause the plant to die away and do this?

Positive PenelopeEC On Jul 22, 2010, PenelopeEC from Dallas, TX wrote:

I love this rose.....smells good, no disease problems, holds it's color well. Description says 3-4 ft wide. Mine are just starting their second year and are at 3 ft wide and 5 1/2 ft tall. Light fragrance but nice. It makes a great cut flower. Beautiful, very full blue-green foliage from the dirt to the top. It gets to be a very loud, neon pink when the temps get up, so speaking from personal experience I wouldn't plant it next to anything red. It not a pretty color combo. In my garden I got the best show in the fall last year as our springs are very short and warm. It almost goes from winter to summer here. Bloomed from April until Dec. for me.

Negative shn02al On May 26, 2010, shn02al from Wetumpka, AL wrote:

I got this rose because it was supposedly highly resistant to disease. However, it is my worse performing and most diseased plant in my small collection of roses. I grow 2 David Austin roses, Iceberg, Voluptuous, Stairway to Heaven climber, and several Knock Outs. I planted this container rose last summer along with all my other roses. I guess I believed it wasn't as prone to black spot and thus didn't spray anything on it. I t may replace this rose if it doesn't shape up.

Positive BlackDogKurt On Sep 6, 2008, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

I just planted a Dream Come True rose this spring. It started off slowly and the first few blloms were very unimpressive. But, by late July, it really took off for me and started giving me larger, more impressive blooms that looked like all the photos I saw of it. Still blooming for me now in mid-September here in Zone 6A. Nicely fragrant, a little more than I expected, based on what I had read about it. Winner of the 2008 All America Rose Selection(AARS).

Positive mrs_colla On Jun 7, 2008, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The flowers last a very long time on the bush, they start out tight but unfurl very beautifully, almost like another rose!
And finally, the newly opened flower is very bright but fades to a very pretty pastel version. A real winner for me!

Positive soulgardenlove On Oct 30, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

From AARS:
Dream Come True, 2008 AARS Rose Winner
Dream Come True is a stunning sight of catchy colors, which lures the likes of even non-rose lovers to its side. This rose produces flawlessly formed yellow blossoms, blushed with ruby-red at the tips, all set amongst abundant matte green foliage. The big, bushy vigorous plant yields long-stemmed, long-lived blooms with mild tea fragrance, making it lovely in the landscape and a great choice for bouquets.

Dream Come True was hybridized by Dr. John Pottschmidt of Cincinnati, Ohio only the 3rd amateur hybridizer to win the AARS Award in 67 years and introduced by Weeks Roses of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Fact Sheet
Dream Come True
Class: Grandiflora
Plant Habit: Medium-tall
Growth Habit: Upright and bushy
Stem Length: Long
Foliage Color: Abundant matte green
Disease Resistance: Excellent
Hardiness: Zone 5, Zone 4 with winter protection
Flower Color: Yellow blushed ruby-red
Bud Form: Pointed fat & full
Flower Form: Double & formal
Flower Size: Large, up to 5-inches in diameter
Petal Count: About 40
Fragrance: Mild tea
Parentage: unknown x unknown
Hybridizer: Dr. John Pottschmidt
Introducer: Weeks Roses

From Weeks Roses:
Dream Come True
AARS Winner 2008
(cv. WEKdocpot) PPAF
Grandiflora - Golden yellow edged & blushed with ruby
Passion can be an amazing thing. Nonot that kind of passion! Were talking rose passion here. The love of the rose struck Dr. John Pottschmidt like a ton of bricks, becoming a driving force in his life. One of his many rosy goals was to breed an AARS winner that everyone can enjoy. Dream Come True does just that. Its big clean vigorous bushy plant pumps out loads of long-stemmed scrumptious shapely yellow blooms edged in ruby red. Each eye-catching flower blushes to all-ruby on the finish, giving a multi-colored display thats truly dreamy in every way.
Height / Habit: Tall / Upright & bushy
Bloom / Size: Large, full
Petal Count: Around 40
Fragrance: Mild tea
Parentage: Unknown x Unknown
Hybridizer: Pottschmidt - 2008
Comments: Very floriferous. Larger flower size in cooler temps

From Regan Nursery:
This striking Grandiflora was a "Dream Come True" for amateur hybridizer, Dr. Paul Pottschmidt. A bicolor with lovely color contrast, this is a rose with strong form, sweet fragrance, and the best disease resistance in its class. This head turner will also hold extremely well as a cut flower.


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas
San Anselmo, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Seal Beach, California
West Hills, California
Seymour, Connecticut
Iowa City, Iowa
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Lees Summit, Missouri
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Dallas, Texas

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