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PlantFiles: Floribunda Rose
Rosa 'Marmalade Skies'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Marmalade Skies
Additional cultivar information: (PP12579, aka MEImonblan, Marmalade Skies, Tangerine Dream)
Hybridized by Meilland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Orange and orange blend (ob)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Blooms repeatedly


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Other Details:

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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7 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tgwWhale On Dec 21, 2010, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

This is one of my very favorite roses. When I bought my first it was described as a "blooming machine" and indeed it is. The color is bright and vibrant, the bush gets covered with flowers, and the rebloom is quite fast. The fragrance is faint. It seems to be reasonably resistant to the various rose diseases, though like nearly all roses, it needs spraying for black spot. It is a quite short bush, staying under three feet tall in my garden.

Besides being beautiful in the garden, this one also makes a good cut flower later in the summer when the stems get a bit longer. The finest bouquet I ever assembled was composed of layers of this rose and "Honey Perfume." It nearly always blooms in clusters, so if you use it as a cut flower, you will be using a cluster of these, not a single bloom. As a cut flower it is not long-lasting, though.

Its one weakness in my garden is that it is more tender than some other floribundas. I have had three Marmalade Skies in the last ten years; one was lost to a winter, and the other two have little left alive after a NE Wisconsin (zone 5) winter, even when boxed up and buried in ground. Every spring I feel a little trepidation when unburying the two remaining roses of this type, because I really like them, and this variety is getting harder to find.

A great rose: it gets a strong thumbs up.

Positive Txplantlady On Jun 6, 2010, Txplantlady from Round Rock, TX wrote:

When I had the worst problems this spring (spider mites galore coupled with a bad case of blackspot most every where after a full day of over 80 degree Texas rain) this plant was one of three that managed to look great. It had a little black spots here and there, but mostly it was still clean. Spider mites did get on it, but much less than other plants and the leaves stayed green and healthy looking regardless of the spider mites. It never suffers from die back due to snap freezes and the colors (bush & flower) are really wonderful. If by chance it gets some defoliation, the new leaves pop out super fast and clean as a whistle. It doesn't mind an out of season hair cut either. Keeps a nice compact shape even though it gets a little over shadowing from a huge sage bush on the other side of the picket fence. It blooms good, although I do tend to remove spend blooms pretty regular. If I didn't I would probably get less blooms. I also suspect that if that tall sage bush wasn't throwing shade toward it I would probably get more blooms than I currently do. As with most roses, placement is important. The blooms are very pretty. Not heavily petaled, about 20+ but soft ruffling large petals giving you a 3" flower that never lays flat making it look like it has more petals than it does. Also has a little staying power. I can count on at least a few flowers and usually more than that even in the high heat. I really like this bush. I would like to grow "livin' easy" so that I could compare the two.

Positive award On Nov 2, 2007, award from Santa Barbara, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

The color is very bright. I have it planted in front of a pomegranate tree with two other roses, 'Sonia' and 'Hot Cocoa'. When the roses and pomegranate are all in bloom, the area just glows.

Positive cactuspatch On May 18, 2007, cactuspatch from Alamogordo, NM (Zone 7b) wrote:

This rose perform very well. Beautiful bright blooms and nice shrub habit. Doesn't get too tall! No problems with it whatsoever.

Positive dawnda On May 9, 2007, dawnda from Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Constantly covered in dozens of blooms of bright pink-orange coral in zone 6/western MD. In conditioned clay soil & does not get much afternoon sun. Even without any fragrance this is my fav so far.

Negative Bellisgirl On Mar 2, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Ive had this rose in my garden for five years now. It has not perfomed well. The plant has stayed relativly small, only 2-and a half feet tall and wide. It frequently has cane rot and black spot. The blooms are a neon orange color; they are pritty but not spectacular. They do have a nice spicy scent. I believe that my zone (5) is a bit to harsh for it; im sure it would do much better in a warmer zone though.

Positive jamie68 On Sep 18, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

One has to be a bit careful where this one is placed, the color is so vibrant and loud it can really cause some jarring combos.....but it can also really brighten up a dull spot, or add a dash of life to a drab corner......very healthy foliage, and a little bloom machine!!

Positive trifunov On Oct 20, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted a Marmalade Skies this spring, it has had three flushes of blooms this year already. The blooms are stunningly bright orange, on a small compact bush. I am very happy with this rose bush for the front of a bed as it is a real eye-catcher.


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

Diamond Bar, California
San Jose, California
Santa Barbara, California
Hagerstown, Maryland
La Luz, New Mexico
North Augusta, South Carolina
Monroe, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Casco, Wisconsin

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