Grandiflora, Hybrid Tea Rose 'Gold Medal'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Medal
Additional cultivar information:(aka AROyqueli, Golden Medal, PP5177)
Hybridized by Christensen
Registered or introduced: 1982
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)

Hybrid Tea


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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 yellow (my)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant 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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Clayton, California

Fairfield, California

Pasadena, California

San Jose, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Loveland, Colorado

Kissimmee, Florida

Miami, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Alpharetta, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Echo, Louisiana

Bangor, Maine

Decatur, Mississippi

Papillion, Nebraska

Waynesville, Ohio

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Winnsboro, South Carolina

Dallas, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Sulphur Springs, Texas

Richmond, Virginia

Des Moines, Washington

Casco, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 28, 2017, lightyellow from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL wrote:

This is my first (and only rose). I impulsively got it when I saw it for the first time at a big box store. The day after I bought it gave me a huge scare, was covered in blackspot but I think it was due to inappropriate overhead watering because moving it east-side of house (earliest morning sun) + removing diseased foliage every so often has been fine since and now has more flowers and foliage than it did when I first got it. I don't use antifungals/chemicals. I am keeping mine in a large container.

Really love the spicy-type of scent on this rose which that, plus the fact it is yellow, is why I bought it. I would consider this more than slightly fragrant especially given the heat+humidity, mine smells as strong as the "Dolly Parton" I encountered in Savannah GA which is r... read more


On Aug 12, 2016, naomiZ5b from Bangor, ME wrote:

I picked up a bareroot Gold Medal for $1 at a local discount store, expecting to treat it as an annual since it was marked 6b for hardiness. Much to my surprise, it has come back for several years in my zone 5a garden. I put in in a partly shady spot, so it's never bloomed heavily, but is quite disease free, and the flowers are lovely for cutting The fragrance is slight but pleasant -- not too perfumey.

For me, its blooms have not been large enough to qualify as Grandiflora. With more sun, I imagine it would do better.


On Jul 23, 2016, NativeGarden86 from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

I've had this rose for almost one year and it has been performing non-stop! I do not have any black spot or mildew issues and I'm in coastal 9b growing zone. I use organic rose food and spray all my roses with a neem mixture to help prevent any diseases/molds. I also inoculate all my roses with MycoGrow. I feel like this has helped a lot! Gold Medal has a nice spicy scent and the blooms fade to an ivory color. This is one of my favorites!


On Sep 16, 2014, ChefPebbles from Kissimmee, FL wrote:

Beautiful blooms, but even on a Fortuniana rootstock it is struggling with black spots and humidity. I am convinced that old roses are best for Florida after much trial and error. I have owned my Gold Medal for about two months and is declining with leaf loss and black spots from all the Central Florida rain.


On Dec 17, 2010, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

Gold Medal was the first hybrid tea rose I had that was grown on its own root rather than grafted. Personally, I prefer the grafted roses in my climate (NE Wisconsin, Zone 5) because they grow more vigorously. Every winter my Gold Medal would typically die back to the bottom inch or so of the stem, even when boxed up and buried in ground for the winter. So like most roses in the yellow spectrum, it is tender and would probably grow better in warmer climates.

The growth habit is tall and spindly, and only a few blooms appear at a time. The rose is gorgeous when it opens but quickly fades towards an unattractive cream color and so you get only a couple of days before it loses its beauty. The color is more intense and lasts longer when it is cool, so it is a better rose in... read more


On Jun 9, 2010, PenelopeEC from Dallas, TX wrote:

This rose is beautiful as long as its not too hot. When the temps are 90+, all the color is washed out and the rose is a cream color. I still gave it a "positive" because i don't know of any rose that blooms beautifully in 100 degree weather in full sun. If you do, please let me know because I would love to find a rose that blooms beautifully in this ridiculous Texas summer heat :-).
Grows quickly compared to some of my other roses. It has a light fuity scent that reminds me of the 'Tropicana' rose, just no where near as strong.
If you don't mind having yellow/peach blooms in spring and fall and cream blooms in summer this one is good for the south. No problems with mildew or blackspot even when my other rose next to it is attacked.


On Jun 1, 2009, erikamdey from Papillion, NE wrote:

last year was my first attempt at gardening and I *think* I am in zone 5b (or 5a) and I decided to give this one a try becuase it was pretty. Dumb luck and following internet instructions for care paid off becuase it is growing again and I'm looking forward to more blooms this year (assuming my luck continues).


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

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 5177 has expired


On Jun 13, 2008, goofybulb from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

As mentioned with other roses that I've tried in Miami, this one is potted. In my hands and in this hot humid weather, this rose has a mediocre resistance to black spot, so one has to be vigilant. However, beautiful yellow fragrant flowers, in clusters or individual, bloom here year-around. Possibly due to the heat, older flowers loose some of the color, while still keeping the good shape, giving this rose a tonal yellow to ivory appearance.


On Dec 18, 2004, woodspirit1 from Lake Toxaway, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Gold Medal is a mediocre bloomer here in the cooler climate of the NC mountains. I also prefer more fragrance. Nice shape, resistant to black spot. I think I prefer Love and Peace and Chicago Peace more.


On Jun 7, 2004, nwilkes from Winnsboro, SC wrote:

I live in Winnsboro, SC with a lot of heat and humidity. This rose does beautifully. We have over 200 rose bushes and I bring cut roses to work each week. Last week, one of the ladies in my office said this was the prettiest rose she had ever seen.



On Oct 13, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I'm just starting to grow roses in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, where they are subjected to much moisture, which often leads to disease, so I have only planted lengadarily tough "antique roses" so far. But I always research roses pictured here in the PDB that attract me, and this one is really beautiful!

I looked up Grandifloras and found they are a very modern rose, developed in the 1950's, by crossing hybrid teas and floribundas. The hybrid teas contributed the long stems and flower form, and the floribundas contributed the increased hardiness, and abundant, continuous blooms. The Grandifloras grow from three to six feet tall or more, and 'Gold Medal' is described in several of my books as "tall."

'Gold Medal' was introduced in 1982--it is very modern... read more


On Aug 28, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

A good bloomer, late April first flush, still blooming in August, fades quickly in high temps of 95+.