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Hybrid Musk Rose 'Buff Beauty'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Buff Beauty
Hybridized by Bentall
Registered or introduced: 1939
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Hybrid Musk



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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:

Apricot and apricot blend (ab)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Trained to climb

Trained on pillar

Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:


Other Details:


Susceptible 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:

Elba, Alabama

Kingman, Arizona

El Dorado, Arkansas

Marysville, California

Morongo Valley, California

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Sebastopol, California

Dover, Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Brooksville, Florida

Buford, Georgia

Macon, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Opelousas, Louisiana

Owings Mills, Maryland

Barnstable, Massachusetts

Adrian, Missouri

Sparks, Nevada

Highland Park, New Jersey

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Bronx, New York

Brooklyn, New York

Van Etten, New York

Asheville, North Carolina

Marion, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Fairfield, Ohio

Winchester, Ohio

Wooster, Ohio

Chickasha, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Beaverton, Oregon

Eola, Oregon

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Bellaire, Texas

Dickinson, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Katy, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Covesville, Virginia

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Massies Mill, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Cascade-Fairwood, Washington

Clarkston, Washington

Clarkston Heights-Vineland, Washington

Renton, Washington

Richland, Washington

West Clarkston-Highland, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 6, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Popular among rosarians. One of the most popular of hybrid musk roses. Can be grown as a large shrub or a short climber.

Usually considered hardy to Z5.

3.5" very full buff-apricot-honey flowers (45-50 petals) fading to cream. Very fragrant.

Responds even more than most roses to feeding and regular irrigation.

More shade tolerant than most roses, and flower color fades more slowly with some afternoon shade. Disease resistant.


On Apr 6, 2015, LeslieT from Bellaire, TX wrote:

One of my favorite roses, I've had one for 27 years and it does get more beautiful every year. I have one as a large bush and one trained as a climber on a fence. Both are gorgeous and smell wonderful. Everyone who sees it, loves it. No disease problems (perhaps occasionally a little black spot depending on the weather). I feed my roses only twice a year so other than deadheading, that's about all you have to do.


On May 26, 2010, debles from Tulsa, OK wrote:

Wonderful Rose!
Mine is at least 10 years old and the trunk is like a small tree. It's twined into a chainlink fence.
I need to redo that entire area where it's living and dread having to cut her back severely to move her.

Gorgeous, fragrant rose that does fine with neglect.
Blooms almost continuously.
Love the colors too.


On Apr 23, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Disease resistant. Mine is about 4' x 4' but not a compact shrub, rather, large arching canes. Coloring is so unique.


On Feb 19, 2007, soulgardenlove from Marietta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

From's list of carefree roses by Mary C. Weaver:

'Buff Beauty': Few blooms have the distinctive buffy apricot-yellow color of this tough but graceful hybrid musk rose. Medium-sized double flowers with a tea-rose fragrance are produced in large clusters, with reliable repeat. The foliage is large, thick, medium-green and semiglossy, with good disease resistance. Canes are moderately prickly, and new growth in spring is colored plum-red, creating a beautiful contrast with the first flush of bloom. Introduced in 1939, 'Buff Beauty' was hybridized by Ann Bentall. Hardy to Zone 5 or 6. Vigorous, rather horizontal spreading growth, reaching a height of about 6 feet.