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PlantFiles: Floribunda Rose
Rosa 'Hot Cocoa'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hot Cocoa
Additional cultivar information: (aka WEKpaltlez, Hot Cocoa, Hot Chocolate, Kiwi, Nubya)
Hybridized by Carruth; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Russet (r)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
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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11 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral DaylilySLP On Nov 28, 2014, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Registration name: Rosa 'WEKpaltlez'.
Bred by Tom Carruth (USA), 2002
Introduced in the USA as 'Hot Cocoa'. Also known as
'Hot Chocolate' & 'Kiwi'

Neutral RosinaBloom On Jun 15, 2014, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Hybrid Tea Rose "Kiwi' is described as having ruffled blooms in shades of rusty terracotta-red with deliciously scented blooms which are produced throughout the season on a healthy shrub.

Positive coriaceous On Feb 17, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've cared for 9 of these over three years. Here in blackspot heaven, they've shown little blackspot---just a little near the ground---and I haven't needed to spray.

Very vigorous. So far the habit is rigidly upright and sparsely branched---I grow hybrid teas with a wider habit. I'll be doing more midseason pruning next season, but last year they reached over six feet high after having been cut back to 18" in the spring.

Produces flowers nonstop here. The color is rich and unique, a warm variable rusty orange-red with subtle smoky lavender overtones. It's complex and variable, and I think it's very beautiful. It varies a lot with the weather, especially the temperature---with more of the smokey lavender in cool weather, and a clearer brighter orange when it's hot. It reads well in the landscape, but photographs don't do it justice.

The fragrance isn't strong. The flowers open too quickly to make good cut flowers.

The stems are exceptionally thorny. The thorns are needle-sharp and spaced so closely it's impossible to hold a stem barehanded without getting punctured.

2/2015: They're still upright, but in their fourth season they're finally putting on more girth in their habit.

Positive Qortni On Oct 5, 2009, Qortni from Binghamton, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

What an unusual rose! The best description of the color would be to call it "coral." Its true color is very difficult to catch on camera. The fragrance is sort of spicy, but not very strong. Regardless of a very poor growing season this year, Hot Cocoa bloomed repeatedly since I bought it in early spring. By October, it was just finishing up. I can only imagine how it would have performed had it had better weather!

The only bad part about keeping this rose is that the aphids swarm to it. I had to repeatedly spray, and really had to keep on it, lest they chew the buds and new growth to bits. However, the beauty of this rose was well worth the "chore."

Positive lrwells50 On Aug 1, 2008, lrwells50 from (Lynn) Paris, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I always have a lot of comments when I bring a vase of these to work. They almost look like they have been dusted with cocoa powder. The most unusual color in my garden.

Positive vossner On Apr 13, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Absolutely adore the brick color. Blooms last a long time. Hard to photograph. Conversation piece, for sure.

Positive jamie68 On Jul 9, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This rose is in my all-time favorite top 10!! Unique color blossoms, that keep coming all season, and wonderful disease resistance.....Great rose!!

Positive Gindee77 On May 20, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great rose with very little problem with disease. The foliage is shiny healthy green and the blooms are very pretty and different. The brick red is a color you don't see very often with roses. It's always in bloom in my zone 5 garden.

Positive doss On May 11, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This rose is a conversation stopper in the garden. It's hard to photograph the color but in my garden it starts out a rich red brown and then fades to a medium red with coral undertones. New growth in the spring is a dark green burgundy. Very floriferous and has an excellent rebloom habit. It is subject to black spot and powdery mildew - but then all roses in my area are. No exception. I advise treating it preventatively if you are in an area with these problems.

Positive kniphofia On Mar 2, 2005, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of my favorite roses from last year with a most beautiful and unusual color. I especially like the way the aging flowers darken.

I'm crossing my fingers and hoping this one survives our Maine winter.

Positive trifunov On Oct 20, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted this rose in spring, and it has bloomed continuously right until fall. The flowers on my bush are a very unusual smoky orange-brown, although I have seen some at the local nursery which were a much more boring reddish-orange. I wish it had a little fragrance, as it is so beautiful. My bush has reached about 3 foot in it's first year with strong erect canes.

Positive clantonnaomi On Apr 28, 2004, clantonnaomi from Iredell, TX wrote:

I have many roses, but I have to say that this one is my favorite. It's beautiful color is unique-I have never seen one even close to it. It does very well in central Texas and I would highly recommend it.

Positive bamasharon On Apr 27, 2004, bamasharon from Helena, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Medium tall Floribunda with a smoky chocolate orange bloom ( sometimes with a hint of purple) Lightly fragranced, intense green foliage.The more sun the more intense the color. Does have a tendancy to develop black spot but it is easily controlled. I have 3 of these and they are my favorites in the garden.


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

Opelika, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Berkeley, California
Clayton, California
Cool, California
Fairfield, California
Forest Falls, California
Grass Valley, California
Livermore, California
Occidental, California
Reseda, California
San Clemente, California
San Dimas, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Stanford, California
Winchester, California
Boise, Idaho
Hampton, Illinois
Moline, Illinois
Topeka, Illinois
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Waterloo, Iowa
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2 reports)
Marrero, Louisiana
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Clinton Township, Michigan
Brandon, Mississippi
Rye, New Hampshire
Brigantine, New Jersey
Binghamton, New York
Columbus, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Haviland, Ohio
Grants Pass, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Maryville, Tennessee
Corpus Christi, Texas
Dallas, Texas
El Paso, Texas
Garland, Texas
Iredell, Texas
Paris, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Layton, Utah
Charlottesville, Virginia
Olympia, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
West Bend, Wisconsin

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