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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea
Rosa 'Nearly Black'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Nearly Black
Hybridized by Unknown

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Hybrid Tea

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Bloom Color:
Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Patent Information:
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Other Details:
Susceptible to mildew

Pruning Instructions:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive HolyChickin On Mar 8, 2011, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I just got this rose... it is VERY small compared to the Hybrid Teas I normally get. The size of this bush almost looks like a mini flora (of which I have several). Could it be? It might just be a slow grower... only time will tell.

I read that it is very fragrant... which is why I purchased it. Any and all of the "black" Hybrid Tea roses I can think of of don't have any fragrance at all. We shall see.

I will continue to update as it goes along describing growth habit, flowers etc. as well as add pictures.

UPDATE: Instead of naming it "Nearly Black" they should have named it "Totally Red". Also, the description said "highly fragrant" and I can barely smell anything.... it's more along the lines of "HARDLY FRAGRANT".

It is still a pretty rose... kind of on the small side... the bloom is about the size of a Mini-Flora. I also noticed several buds grouped together in a Floribunda habit. It is possible that as it matures, the blooms will change. Not sure how as I have a true hybrid tea rooted cutting only about a year old and the single bloom was almost the size of my fist.

THE BOTTOM LINE: If you are looking for a nearly black Hybrid Tea, keep looking.

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