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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Brandy'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Brandy
Additional cultivar information: (aka Brandy, AROcad, PP5168)
Hybridized by Swim-Christensen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1981

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Hybrid Tea

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Apricot and apricot blend (ab)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:
Patent expired

Other Details:
Susceptible to black spot
Susceptible 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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5 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BajaBlue On Sep 9, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have grown many many varieties of roses mostly patented, and of all, this one had some of the largest blooms of all. Even when recently planted and less than a foot tall, while very young, it was constantly covered with huge blooms! My husband's favorite.

Neutral Joan On Apr 10, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 5168 has expired
Positive plantoid On Mar 5, 2007, plantoid from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have this gorgeous rose in a standard form. In the three years I have experience with it, it has never had any fungal disease or insect infestation. That's totally strange considering I have a sprinkler system and the area I live in has almost daily morning fog and heavy dew. Outdoor relative humidity in my area during the growing season averages around 55% to 60%.

The only real negative is that it only puts on a singular spectacular show in late spring/early summer lasting about 4 weeks, but doesn't repeat blooming during the growing season. It's planted right next to some junipers. The non-repeat blooming could be caused by the junipers sucking both water and nutrients from the soil around this rose tree.


Positive JackAndJean On Jul 13, 2005, JackAndJean from Ontario, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Eyecatching apricot color and wonderful large buds and blooms. Color holds best in our climate when this plant gets filtered afternoon shade.

Positive hanna1 On Jul 13, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Getting ready to bloom, no problem with diseases yet, It was a gift from a neighbor moving. I can't wait for it to bloom! Fragrance on the tag shows the fragrance as mild tea. so from what I read above, should be a nice addition to my yard. Tag also shows it as not being hardy and best when cool. I have it in the hot sun, and so far, so good.

Positive Kelli On May 25, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grows well here. Not prone to chlorosis. I like the fruity fragrance.

Negative Gindee77 On May 1, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a lovely rose but it didn't do well in my zone5 garden. It winter-killed even with protection.


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

Berkeley, California
Canoga Park, California
Castro Valley, California (2 reports)
Emeryville, California
Merced, California
Ontario, California
San Dimas, California
San Jose, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mission, Texas

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