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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Climber, Large Flowered Climbing Rose
Rosa 'Royal Sunset'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Royal Sunset
Hybridized by Morey; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1960

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Modern Climber

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
Apricot and apricot blend (ab)

Bloom Shape:
Unknown - Tell us

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are very thorny

Pruning Instructions:
Unknown - Tell us

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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lelamarie On May 27, 2014, lelamarie from Novato, CA wrote:

I first saw this wonderful rose growing in Petaluma, CA at the Garden Valley Ranch which grows and sales roses. They also have a beautiful garden, plan weddings and even have a cottage you can book to spend the night. This rose was growing on a large pergola outside their office. I was immediately attracted to it because it was in full bloom and covered the pergola and was heading up and over to another building. The color of this rose is one of the best apricots I have seen so far. I had some problems with it the first two years. I think I had it in pots that were to small for it. I had to repot it for now and waiting for it to be moved into a spot in the garden where it can grows. It may not be the easiest rose to grow but I think the color is worth it. I am shoveling out a Queen Elizabeth Climber which has only given me two bloom in 6 years and will let you know how this rose grow. The rose if definitely worth a place in the garden due to it's incredible color.

Neutral Paulwhwest On May 26, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in the United States. Won the Portland Gold Medal in 1960.

Seed: Sungold
Pollen: Sutter's Gold


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

Novato, California
Oxnard, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Brookline, Massachusetts
Southold, New York

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