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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Olympiad'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Olympiad
Additional cultivar information: (aka MACauck, Olympiad, Olympiode, PP5519)
Hybridized by McGredy; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1982

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Hybrid Tea

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Medium red (mr)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:
Patent expired

Other Details:
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are very 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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4 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative sgkent On Apr 28, 2013, sgkent from Citrus Heights, CA wrote:

we had this in a corner of the yard where it is open and got about 4 -5 hours of sunlight a day or more in summer. Kept getting black spot so we tore it out after about 3 - 4 years. The rose we replaced it with is doing extremely well now for the last 3- 4 years so it wasn't the location or soil. The Olympiad just had too many problems for us.

Positive jskyieeyes3 On Sep 11, 2010, jskyieeyes3 from Saint Cloud, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

an easy to grow rose. not as finicky as other varieties. big, beautiful, sweet smelling blooms. blooms year-round in zone 9b! =) only problems i've encountered with this rose are the occasional spider mite infestation, which i now have learned to treat with a systemic (bayer advanced works really well!), it feeds the rose, and gets rid of the bugs; and occasionally black spot on the leaves. pulling off any affected leaves is what i've found to help best for that. this is the second variety of rose i have tried, and i absolutely love it!

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

A real stunner of a rose. Its beauty is almost uncomparable. A real delight in my garden. You'll be pleased with this one.

Neutral Joan On Apr 11, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 5519 has expired
Positive crashbandiscoot On May 30, 2007, crashbandiscoot from Springfield, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I adore this rose, it is for me, a very sturdy, hardy, HT, with good disease resistance. It's a fairly fast grower, with big beautiful blooms. Excellent Hybrid Tea for the beginner ( I think). I just could not be without it. It also has a nice scent.

Positive ginobello On Sep 26, 2005, ginobello from Astoria, NY wrote:

It's my favorite red rose. It looks like a dark red velvet, and has a nice smell. I couldn't beleive when I found one for $2.95. I regret having to had to leave it where I planted it in Texas. I plan to see if it will grow in New York when I find another one.

Neutral daryl On Jul 8, 2005, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:

New to my collection this year,nice blooms ,a little on the small side but will give till next year,brilliant red,full sun dry conditions and doing well,disease resistant.

Neutral Paulwhwest On Jun 23, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred and introduced in New Zealand. Won the following awards:

All-America Rose Selection in 1984
Court of Show Honor over thirty times from 1998-2001
Hybrid Tea (or Grandiflora, Three Blooms/One Variety) from the South Penn Area Rose Society in 2000
King of Show twelve times from 1998-2001
Portland Gold Medal in 1985
Princess of Show thirteen times from 1999-2001
Queen of Show eleven times from 1999-2001

Seed: Red Planet
Pollen: Pharaoh


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

Beaumont, California
Long Beach, California
San Jose, California
Saint Cloud, Florida
Quincy, Illinois
Marshalltown, Iowa
Glasgow, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Elba, New York
Roxboro, North Carolina
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Knoxville, Tennessee
Grapevine, Texas
Sulphur Springs, Texas
Grand Mound, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oconto, Wisconsin

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