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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Perfume Delight'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Perfume Delight
Additional cultivar information: (PP3282)
Hybridized by Swim-Weeks; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1973

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Hybrid Tea

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

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:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:
Patent expired

Other Details:
Susceptible to black spot

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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3 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative monniemon On May 14, 2013, monniemon from Lansdale, PA wrote:

I purchased Perfume Delight and Fragrant Cloud last season as potted roses from a local store. Fragrant cloud has surpass my expectations while Perfume delight has struggled in my garden. I had to cut away three canes from this rose, it had black spot so badly from last season that the canes itself has it. Its now left with one developed cane and two new basil sprouts, but it looks terrible, to see those black spots of the cane, i think im gonna give it a few months and if it the canes still have the black spotting i will shovel it and replace it with Kordes Perfecta or a 2nd voluptuous. I presently have 125 roses and none of them get blackspotting as bad as Perfume Delight

Neutral LauraSteele On Feb 28, 2012, LauraSteele from Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

I purchased and planted this rose in full sun on the windward side of the yard in June of 2011 in my Zone 5 garden. Dug a hole, stuck it in the ground and watered it through the Summer. It sent out 2 or 3 nice blooms that had a nice form and fragrance. I didn't spray it at all but used the Bayer 3 in 1. Love that stuff. It seemed to do fairly well so I "coned" it for winter. We'll have to see what the Spring brings...

Positive ConroeConrad On Nov 20, 2010, ConroeConrad from Spring, TX wrote:

Beautiful flowers. Gorgeous smell. Not as prolific in terms of blooming as some others, but it's a lovely rose. The color is so vibrant, and certainly matches the wonderful aroma.

Neutral Joan On Apr 11, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 3282 has expired
Neutral beautifulchaos On Apr 7, 2009, beautifulchaos from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

This rose smell phenomenal!! I can't comment on growth habit at the moment.

Positive GeorgiaJo On Jun 11, 2006, GeorgiaJo from Dallas, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

My first and only Rose - birthday gift from friend. Not sure where to put it in our mostly-shady yard, so put it in a huge tub with some dianthus and glads. Blooming now - only 6 weeks after planting. Smells great.

Positive PvillePlanter On Nov 1, 2004, PvillePlanter from Pflugerville, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is my favorite rose in my garden. It is by far the most prolific bloomer and the most fragrant. It blooms continuously from spring to frost. For the first time this year I had some black spot (as I did with all of my roses) due to exceptionally heavy rains in June. I stripped all of the infected leaves and within a month you couldn't tell it ever had a problem. My other roses didn't recover nearly as quickly. The buds are a deep pink, almost red, and then open to a deep rose mauve color. They are fairly long stemmed so they make good cutting roses. The only negative I have ever had with this rose is that it tends to grow in almost too much of an open position which can make it spread a bit too much and become gangly if I don't prune it correctly and relatively severely each winter.


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

Anaheim, California
Merced, California (2 reports)
Oakley, California
Oceanside, California
San Dimas, California
San Leandro, California
West Hills, California
Bear, Delaware
Dallas, Georgia
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Echo, Louisiana
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Eugene, Oregon
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Pflugerville, Texas
Spring, Texas
Sulphur Springs, Texas

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