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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'El Toro'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: El Toro
Additional cultivar information: (aka Uncle Joe)
Hybridized by Kern; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1972

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Hybrid Tea


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Bloom Color:
Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Susceptible to black spot
Susceptible to mildew
Stems are moderately thorny

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive foxtrotter On Dec 17, 2013, foxtrotter from Lemmon Valley-Golden Valley, NV wrote:

I grew this rose some years ago in Reno, Nevada. It had very large and long canes with a very large, very red bloom. In our dry high desert climate it was trouble free. I did win Queen of the show at our local rose show with it. I just wish it had some fragrance!

Negative alicewho On Apr 20, 2006, alicewho from North Augusta, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was the only rose in my garden that I gave up on, dug it up and threw it away. It was forever covered in Black Spot, regardless of how often it was sprayed.


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

Hampton, Illinois
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Reno, Nevada

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