Climbing Hybrid Tea Rose 'Aloha'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aloha
Additional cultivar information:(aka Aloha, KORwerug, Aloha Hawaii, Kordes Rose Aloha )
Hybridized by Kordes
Registered or introduced: 2003
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Modern Climber


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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 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:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly


Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Pruning Instructions:

Avoid pruning

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

San Jose, California

Sebastopol, California (2 reports)

Moundridge, Kansas

Erie, Pennsylvania

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 26, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The correct cultivar name of this rose is 'KORwesrug' (note spelling). It is a large-flowered climber and not a climbing hybrid tea.

It has become common among rose breeders to use trade names that are already in use for other roses. It is deplorable, but there's no stopping it. Kordes is the worst offender, but far from the only one.

That's why it's important to use the cultivar names, which are unique, though often unpronounceable. Only cultivar names are correctly enclosed in single quotes. Trade names are more clearly enclosed in double quotes, or (more correctly) set in a different typeface.

Willowind (below) is clearly talking about the Boerner rose.


On Jun 25, 2015, Koalamel from Newtown Square, PA wrote:

I'd like to add to 'dontruman's comment. Gene Boerner was my husband's great-uncle and I'm told 'Aloha' was the first rose he developed in his illustrious career. I don't understand why another rose can be given the same name. It's confusing and a slight to Gene Boerner!


On Feb 14, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

(Westerland (Shrub, Kordes, 1969) Rugelda)


On Mar 18, 2011, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:

This is the modern Kordes "Aloha Hawaii", not to be confused with the pink "Aloha" hybridized by Boerner and registered in 1949. The Boerner "Aloha" can be grown as a bush or trained as a short climber up to 8 feet.


On Sep 18, 2010, willowwind from Moundridge, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

I got 2 of these roses a year ago, and was surprised that one was actually blooming in the box when it arrived from Chamblee's. Other than during the winter, they have not been out of bloom at any time since their arrival...even through our terribly hot summer this year. They even outbloom my New Dawn. The blooms are a definite but soft pink, more like Zuzu's photo above, and they are fabulously fragrant. I can't say enough about these wonderful roses. They are in full sun with little windbreak (we live in the country) and they just seem to thrive.


On Mar 26, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bloom: Apricot orange, Apricot-pink blooms. Apricot-coloured with some pink and red shades. Moderate, Fruity fragrance. Average diameter 4". Large, very double, in bundles bloom form. Occasional repeat later in the season. Medium buds.
Habit: Climbing growth habit. Medium green foliage.
Height of 20' 10" (635 cm). Width of 39". (100 cm).