Hybrid Tea Rose 'Gypsy'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gypsy
Additional cultivar information:(PP3163)
Hybridized by Swim-Weeks
Registered or introduced: 1972
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Hybrid Tea


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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 red (or)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Novato, California

San Francisco, California

Graham, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 5, 2015, StellaElla from Graham, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased a bare root plant of "Gypsy" at one of those discount stores for about $4 and didn't expect much in return, but this plant is delightful and worth every penny! It has lived next to a vigorous specimen of Mr. Lincoln with minimal attention and it continues to bloom throughout the summer without any pest issues to speak of. The blooms are a true fire engine red and though rather small, last for up to 2 weeks cut in a vase. Absolutely a great rose for any Southern garden.


On May 3, 2010, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very nice shrub form for a hybrid tea. The blooms are deep, rich scarlet. The buds are so dark they appear almost black. The fragrance is moderate- stronger on warm, sunny days. The blooms are long-lasting on the plant and in a vase. Typical to type, it blooms heavily in the spring then sporadically through the summer and fall here in central NC. I've noticed a mild susceptibility to black spot but no other serious diseases or pests.


On Sep 10, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 3163 has expired


On Sep 9, 2009, lelamarie from Novato, CA wrote:

The Gypsy Rose grows well in warm weather and tolerates heat. It needs protection during spring freezes. Gypsy Rose is a red/orange color and often gets mixed up with Gypsy Carnival, but these are two different roses. Gypsy rose is red/orange with redish pick reverse.. where Gypsy Carnival is more a bright red with a yellow/white reverse. Although it is noted to have good disease resistance, I have had problems with mildew, which may be due to our cool damp springs.