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Rosa 'Sunset Celebration'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunset Celebration
Additional cultivar information: (PP09718, aka FRYexotic, FRYxotic, Sunset Celebration, Chantoli, Exotic, Jolie Mme, Warm Wishes)
Hybridized by Fryer; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1993

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Hybrid Tea

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

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

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
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tgwWhale On Jan 1, 2011, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

This is a great rose. Although it is not as hardy as some other hybrid teas, it does get through ugly NE Wisconsin winters if buried in ground. I have two of them, and I get them both through each winter. It grows very vigorously, and produces a fine, attractive bush, not "leggy" like some hybrid teas. Because of its bush form, it throws a lot of blooms at once -- typically five or six. The stems are long and the flowers large. The blooms are classically formed for a hybrid tea. I love to use it as a cut flower.

It is an even more attractive rose in the fall than in the summer. In the heat of summer the blooms are more pale and do not last nearly as long as when it is cool. In September and October the color is a darker, richer salmon color than in the summer, and I believe the fragrance is better then also. Of course, the blooms last much longer in the cooler fall weather.

If the color was as rich in the summer as it is in the fall, I would rate this rose as one of my very favorites. But even in the summer, it is a fine rose. I give it a strong thumbs up.

Positive Leslie_Pz On Sep 6, 2008, Leslie_Pz from Amherst, NH wrote:

Bought this early spring and it's been a repeat bloomrer, all summer. The flowers are large and spiral out from center as the blooms open. The scent is wonderful; can't keep my nose out of the fresh cut bouquet. Nice long stems are thorny but still are somewhat easy to arrange.

Definitely a highly recommended apricot hybrid tea rose.

Positive greenjay On Aug 12, 2006, greenjay from Centennial, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Survived for 10 years without significant problems in part shade, no fertilization, poor drainage. Has since been moved to a better location!

Positive jamie68 On Jul 26, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very nice overall...disease resistant, dark green foliage sets off the salmon/pink fragrant blooms to perfection! Really pretty!!


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

Goleta, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Englewood, Colorado
Tallahassee, Florida
Amherst, New Hampshire
Carrboro, North Carolina
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Vancouver, Washington
Casco, Wisconsin

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