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Hybrid Tea Rose 'Double Delight'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Double Delight
Additional cultivar information:(PP3847, aka ANDeli)
Hybridized by Swim-Ellis
Registered or introduced: 1976
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Hybrid Tea


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:

Red blend (rb)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Susceptible to black spot

Susceptible to mildew

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Huntsville, Alabama

Goodyear, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Auburn, California

Beaumont, California

Berkeley, California

Clayton, California

Corte Madera, California

Cupertino, California

Fairfield, California

Menifee, California

Merced, California

Oakley, California

Redlands, California

San Andreas, California

San Dimas, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Rosa, California

Simi Valley, California

Thousand Oaks, California

West Hills, California

Clifton, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Wilmington, Delaware

Apopka, Florida

Brandon, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Milton, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Panama City, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Kuna, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois (2 reports)

Glendale Heights, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Springfield, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Westfield, Indiana

Derby, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Kenner, Louisiana

West Monroe, Louisiana

Columbia, Maryland

Norwell, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

Decatur, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi

Bruner, Missouri

Harrisonville, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Las Vegas, Nevada

Reno, Nevada

La Luz, New Mexico

Hornell, New York

Saugerties, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Gates, North Carolina

Knightdale, North Carolina

Raeford, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Warren, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dallas, Oregon

Easton, Pennsylvania

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Easley, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Alice, Texas

Converse, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Haltom City, Texas

Harlingen, Texas

Houston, Texas

Irving, Texas

Killeen, Texas

Kirbyville, Texas

League City, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Seminole, Texas

Sulphur Springs, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Willis, Texas

Colchester, Vermont

Gainesville, Virginia

Sterling, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Charleston, West Virginia

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 13, 2014, FlowerGem1 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I've had two Double Delight rose bushes for years now, I even move with them, and they survived beautifully. They are repeat bloomers, always blooming early in the season until late in the fall. One bush is in part shade, and it still produces flowers. The buds are beautiful, as are the open roses. They are great as cut roses for inside, and I love their strong fragrance. Even though I do have to spray these roses bushes, I would highly recommend them.


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

There is a reason this is the first rose I ever bought. It is stunning to the eye and to the nose. But that beauty comes with a price. They are extremely high maintenance. On a good year, the blooms can be the size of a grapefruit and can be smelled from five feet away. On a bad year, this rose is a fungus and pest magnet. Still, it is an incomparable rose with canes that can grow very tall with relatively few thorns.


On Sep 20, 2012, Jez_Roth from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted this lovely rose in late Spring of 2012 where it received full sun with a slow drip irrigation, coffee grounds, mulch, and lots of love and now have bestowed her with the crown as Queen of my rose garden.

As it's only a several month old plant, I couldn't ask for anything more from it. Healthy, outward growth, it blooms over and over, giving me full, rich blooms that are rich in scent and are just striking. The insane Vegas sun causes so many of my roses, including another winner, Midnight Blue, to fade but not Double Delight. Rich red fading to a soft yellow in the center. I already took several cuts to give as gifts to friends and they were beside themselves that it was already suitable for cuttings.

Highly recommend.


On Dec 7, 2010, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

If this is not the best hybrid tea ever created, I would like to see a better one. The flowers are large and fragrant, though they have the "spicy" scent that I am not particularly fond of. The plant grows vigorously and has a fine bushy growth habit. Typically it will throw 8 to 10 blooms at once, though these are not all open at exactly the same time. But you can get a bouquet from just one bush when you get lucky. The flower form varies. Sometimes it is exhibition-perfect; sometimes it is not.

When it comes to surviving Wisconsin winters, if Double Delight is boxed up and buried in ground, it "takes a licking but keeps on ticking," as the old watch advertisement said. When I un-bury it in the spring, only 4 or 5 inches of stems are typically live; but by the end of... read more


On Jul 18, 2010, AZ_Alkmaar from Westfield, IN wrote:

I have had DD for the last four years. First two years, it was extremely susceptible to black spot here in Westfield, Indiana. Starting June it was defoliating till the fall. Fungicides did not help. Last year I changed the place and transplanted DD in my backyard. When I was a child I lived with my grandmother. She used to discard used tea leaves under the rosebushes and they never get any diseases. Since i am heavy tea drinker I have plenty tea leaves next morning to discard. I strated feeding DD with tea leaf extract. Beleive or not, I have not had any black spot symptoms afterwards. Now my DD makes me really delighted. The bush is very healthy and about 5 foot tall, bloom is huge and exceptionally fragrant. I believe tea leaves are changing the pH of soil surrounding the bush, makes i... read more


On Jun 27, 2010, litisk from Gold Canyon, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hands down, my favorite of all roses. The scent is amazing and the color of the blooms is incredible. I have had great luck with this rose. It produces massive blooms for me and the plant is loaded with blooms. I have 2 Double Delight tree roses and 2 Double Delight rose bushes. I will be buying more Double Delights when we move from California to Arizona.


On Jun 19, 2010, genshiro from Whitby
Canada wrote:

The double delight rose is one of my favorite and most hardy roses. It grows well for me in (USDA) zone 4b with no winterization other than placement in a relatively protected area (a south facing wall). It has always remained healthy and bloomed profusely with bloom color changing (it seems) with the weather. Sometimes the roses are almost all red and sometimes almost all white with many shades of red, cream and white in between. They are always beautiful and unique. In speaking with other gardeners in the area, the Double Delight appears to be one of the most popular roses grown in this area.


On Jun 17, 2010, george1975 from Hopatcong, NJ wrote:

I bought this rose almost 2 months ago, mostly because of its beautiful blooms, and this is what attracted me to buy it; however after i planted, the petals fell quicly and it has not bloomed since then. I planted it in a half sun, half shaded area, and have done everything to get it to bloom, but have had no results at all. I have fertilized, pruned it, watered daily and nothing seems to work. I wish i can get back those full blooms, i saw it at the store with. Can anyone give me any suggestions as to what can i be doing wrong, i am new to Roses.


On May 24, 2010, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:

Very vigorous and repeat bloomer. (For novices, my recommendations are for roses that have been properly planted in well drained soil. There are numerous sites on the Internet describing the process.) I live in Zone 9a (Victoria, Texas - same latitude as Orlando, Florida and Cairo, Egypt) and I recommend partial shade for most hybrid roses grown this far south. Morning sun by itself is best. Grown under the drip line of a free-standing deciduous tree is second best since the plant receives several hours of morning & afternoon sun while receiving protection from the sun during the heat of the day in summer and full sun during winter. A pecan tree is ideal because it has such a long winter dormancy period. Afternoon sun is my third choice but it varies with the heat tolerance of each p... read more


On May 16, 2010, sunreigns from Omaha, NE wrote:

Transplanted this from FIL's garden to an east-exposure site with partial shade at my former house about 10 years ago. Bloomed great, and everything people have said about the outstanding fragrance is true, thought I do recall some minor (but not troublesome) blackspot. I have since moved from that house, but I drive by in summer every now and again to see how the rose is doing, and as of last summer it was still doing great. I just bought two DDs for my current house and am planting them this weekend. I strongly recommend.


On May 10, 2010, HolyChickin from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

I bought this rose on sale a few years ago. The smell is amazing, you can literally smell it 10 feet away! The blooms are fantastic!

Everything about it was great but, because where I live is SO humid, I almost always had black spot! Of course all the leaves would fall off, then they would start to grow back and BAM, blackspot again! I tried everything and nothing worked! I was loosing my mind! Then some sort of fungus attacked it... I saw some "spores" fly up when I scratched the soil to loosen it up (like I do every 4 weeks or so). I replaced the soil... not long after that, the plant just died after we had a straight week of rain. I really don't know what happened. I assume it was just too much water. I was pretty bummed because it was one of my favorite roses.
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On Jun 26, 2009, rexian from Columbia, MD wrote:

There is nothing more delightful to see double delight's period of bloom and how it changes color under sun. It is growing in a 24" pot on my deck. I may move it to the patio downstairs next year. But, what a beauty to look at. Absolutely stunning and low maintenance. Bought it at local Walmart for 9 bucks...well worth it.


On Jun 10, 2009, monniemon from Lansdale, PA wrote:

The Double Delight is true to its name, it is a delight to smell and a delight to look at. I have 3 double delights among my garden of 68 roses here in zone 6. Often at times when it blooms there are 2 or 3 different flowers on this plant, some more hot pink on the edges, while others are more red.

This rose has a great scent that any nose would approve of. it does get b.s. but spraying weekly can keep that controlled. It blooms all summer, even in late fall i still have blooms on this plant.



On Apr 5, 2009, ahaddock from Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:

An outstanding rose; an anchor to any garden. It lives up to its reputation in the literature, guides, blogs, etc., as a fragrant and reliable rose.


On Apr 4, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 3847 has expired


On Apr 13, 2008, BDavidson from Harrisonville, MO wrote:

This Rose is all that the others have said - beautiful, most wonderful rose fragrance and grows for me and that is a miracle. I live in Region 5 so it gets some of the coldest and the warmest here. Have had a little Black Spot problem but if I would tend to it as I should, it is managable. It is planted in a small bed against the house so it is protected from some of the worst weather. If for nothing else than the smell, I would have this rose but the rose buds are equally wonderful! Staying tightly twisted early on.


On May 1, 2006, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Each rose is a different, unique blend of yellow and red, always a new treasure each morning. One of my favorites.


On Jan 18, 2006, angelam from melbourne
Australia wrote:

This rose flowers profusely in Spring and Autumn with a break during the peak of the Summer heat in our Zone 10 garden. In Spring the flowers are cream with a red rim to the petals, but in Autumn mainly red, and noticeably smaller. I find this rose less susceptible to black spot than other roses in the garden and the perfume is wonderful. I wouldn't be without it.


On Jan 18, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

The rosey red appears as the sun touches it, and cooler weather brings on richer color as well. Long-lasting cut flower.


On Nov 9, 2005, Larabee from Houston, TX wrote:

This is my all time, absolute favorite rose. If I could only grow one kind of rose, this would be it. Every gardener should have one or a dozen of these. The fragrance is the exact "rose smell" you think of when you think of roses or smell rose-scented lotions or perfumes. I planted mine as the only rose by my front door, and she makes quite a statement. The form is beautiful, and she does not need much attention at all as long as you plant her in good soil in lots of sunshine. A must have.


On Jun 11, 2005, EricaVee from Norwell, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I started this rose last year with a bunch of other roses and it grew better than all of them. This year they all survived a particularly bad winter, but this one is struggling to come back. It's June already and while the other roses have buds, this one is still trying to grow some decent leaves


On May 21, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

An excellent rose! It has it all...fragrance that unparalleled; color that will knock your socks off; form of the best show rose; and nice long stems and a long vase-life for cutting.


On May 13, 2005, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

I am a new gardener of roses. This plant has just taken off and is way ahead of the other first year bushes I have in my rose bed. The bush is covered with blooms, and, as advertised, the fragrance is really wonderful.

I am really glad I was advised to purchase Double Delight.


On Feb 16, 2005, JulieGeek from Elgin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

The fragrance is just amazing. I'm growing Double Delight in Elgin, TX, and I can smell it through Thanksgiving. It's beautiful.


On Apr 16, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one of the most beautiful roses I've ever seen, and has the best fragrance! It forms a nice little bush, and blooms from spring until frost.

It won four different awards including All-America Rose Selection in 1977, World Rose Hall of Fame in 1985, Baden-Baden Fragrance Award in 1976, and James Alexander Gamble Fragrance Medal in 1986.

Update (8/9/07): Although it was beautiful when was doing well, my 'Double Delight' has done progressively worse year after year and now needs replacing. It apparently doesn't handle the harsh Texas summers well compared to other roses.


On Aug 6, 2003, drjjdonovan from Waukegan, IL wrote:

Excellent fragrance with nice pointed form, though the whorl is sometimes doubled and cluttered. I have grown Double Delight in So. California, Florida, Michigan and Chicago. It has done well in each location, though I need to watch for black spot in the Great Lakes region.

Gives the best color in alkaline soil; I add lime here in Chicago. Its color should be cream and red. If it looks pink and white, add lime.


On Jun 1, 2003, Lavanda from Mcallen, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

The parentage of this rose is

Seed: Granada (Hybrid Tea, Lindquist, 1963)
Pollen: Garden Party (Hybrid Tea, Swim, 1959)


On Oct 17, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is one of the most fragrant Hybrid Tea roses available. Even if it were not for the outstanding color combinations it would be worth growing just for the scent. Spraying program must be rigorously followed in climates where fungal infection is likely.

Double Delight makes an outstanding standard, or grown as a bedding bush.