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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Helmut Schmidt'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Helmut Schmidt
Additional cultivar information: (aka KORbelma, Goldsmith, Helmut, Simba)
Hybridized by Kordes; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1979

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Hybrid Tea

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Medium yellow (my)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are nearly thornless

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding
By simple layering
By air layering

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive csmoak On Aug 10, 2013, csmoak from Fremont, CA wrote:

My mother planted this beautiful yellow hybrid tea rosebush in my backyard over 20 years ago so I would not forget where I came fromTexas. It blooms abundantly all year long here in Northern California and after so many years it is still healthy and thriving. Only thing lacking is fragrance.

Positive cvetlic On Apr 30, 2011, cvetlic from Saratoga, CA wrote:

This was one of the first roses I ever planted and it was a full success ! I bought it as a potted plant either in the Home Depot or in front of Walgreen's, can not remember any more, but that rose was so great that even though I now have about 50 roses in my new garden, I still can not get over the fact that I left that shrub in my previous home : (. I was searching for it on the web and that is how I discovered this site : )) !

Helmut Schmidt had a wonderful form and was very easy to prune and to keep in a beautiful open shape. It flowered throughout the summer and was never bothered with any diseases for over 10 years that I had it. Flowers were HUGE and the most beautiful yellow - not too bright, nor too pale , and were amazingly long lasting even during hottest days. Photos I found on the web do not do it a justice !

The only thing it lacked was a fragrance , but in all other aspects it was a "perfect rose" , at least for me : )))

Neutral Paulwhwest On Jun 13, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in Germany. Has a sweet, Tea fragrance.

Seed: New Day
Pollen: Seedling


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

Chula Vista, California
Fairfield, California
Fremont, California
San Jose, California
Saratoga, California
Barrigada, Guam
London, Ohio
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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