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PlantFiles: Hybrid Tea Rose
Rosa 'Tropical Sunset'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tropical Sunset
Additional cultivar information: (aka MACtaurang, Tropical Sunset, Marvelle, Rainbow Niagara)
Hybridized by Mcgredy; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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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)
36-48 in. (90-120 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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Bloom Color:
Yellow blend (yb)
Apricot and apricot blend (ab)
Orange and orange blend (ob)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

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

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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Agent007 On Jan 3, 2015, Agent007 from Nedrow, NY wrote:

Last year, a lot of my pure yellowish roses, Julia Child included, died right down to the ground & half outright died. This striped variety, however, did not. It did have some die-back, like others, but it survived & continues to flourish. The scent is not overly powerfully, but a great characteristic to its physical beauty.

Positive elaine322 On Jul 3, 2012, elaine322 from Spokane, WA wrote:

I grow this rose in Spokane Valley, WA and it's one of the most spectacular roses I've ever had or seen-and we currently have over 60 roses in our yard! The colors vary daily and each rose is different too. We had a milder winter (2011-2012) and this year the rose is over 5' tall even in our zone (which is 5B or 6A, depending on where you look)and covered with big, beautiful blossoms.


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

Cool, California
Fountain Valley, California
San Leandro, California
Nedrow, New York
Syracuse, New York
Spokane Valley, Washington

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