Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Snowfire'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Snowfire
Additional cultivar information:(PP3014)
Hybridized by Kordes
Registered or introduced: 1970
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Hybrid Tea


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

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


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

Goodyear, Arizona

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Madison, Illinois

Winchester, New Hampshire

Kingsport, Tennessee

Winchester, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 19, 2012, littlej1129 from Kingsport, TN wrote:

I love this rose! A friend had given it to me as a gift along with two other types of rose bushes. I am notorious for killing plants and the other two died. But the Snowfire grew! I had it for 15 yrs and some of the roses were as big as my hand. The color and size is what caught everyones attention. I had to move and my rose bush was left for my daughter to enjoy. I am now looking for another one. It is simpily a beautiful rose.


On Feb 23, 2012, JAMIESMITH from Decatur, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

This rose is a source of frustration for me. I have attempted to purchase it locally on three different occassions, only to find that the bushes I purchased were incorrectly labeled. I would love to find this one because it looks so beautiful in members' photos.


On Oct 24, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 3014 has expired