Hybrid Tea Rose 'Veterans' Honor'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Veterans' Honor
Additional cultivar information:(aka Veterans' Honor, JACopper, City of Newcastle, City of Newcastle Bicentennary, Five Roses Rose, Lady in Red, Veterans' Honor, )
Hybridized by Zary
Registered or introduced: 1997
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Hybrid Tea


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Bloom Color:

Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Susceptible to black spot

Stems are moderately thorny

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:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Lakeside, California

Pasadena, California (2 reports)

San Jose, California

Loveland, Colorado

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Maitland, Florida

Hampton, Illinois

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Jersey City, New Jersey

Canton, Ohio

Gainesville, Virginia

Des Moines, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 8, 2016, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

I have tried this rose several times. It does have large red blooms, and they are fragrant. They are well-formed and long-lasting.

This is just about the most vigorously-growing rose I have ever tried, with the possible exception of Grand Amore.

But it is tender. Even buried in ground, I have trouble getting one through even a singe winter. Last winter we had milder than usual temperatures, and my Veterans' Honor survived with difficulty, even though it was boxed up and buried in ground. If this winter is average or worse, I expect it to be dead in the spring.

I rate this rose as neutral because it has so many good qualities, but is so hard to get through a Wisconsin winter. If you live in a milder climate, this might be a good choice, but... read more


On Aug 20, 2013, IrisZ7 from Ellicott City, MD wrote:

I have over 100 roses growing in Delaware (7A). My Veteran's Honor gets black spot yearly and this year it was so bad that the bush is almost bare of leaves; far worse than any of my other roses. I use Bayer on it, but go organic with most others. After three years of putting off spade shoveling this one, I am just about ready to toss. The excuse I always make is that the blooms are fragrant and gorgeous (when I get blooms) and they last long on the bush and in a vase. Currently looking for a healthier replacement.


On Apr 7, 2007, Maria2354 from Fernandina Beach, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have had two Veterans Honor rose trees for 3-4 years now. They have beautiful blooms from spring to fall but are also high in maintenance. I agree with angela_1 because black spot is a major concern in (North) FL. I have to keep the trees on a weekly regimen of Bayer Disease Control all summer long (after trying multiple natural and chemical remedies) and even then, affected leaves are numerous. Now the (artificial looking) bark of one of the trees is peeling off and I am not sure what effect that could have on the tree an inquiry to J&P remained unanswered. Anyway, every year the beauty and scent of the blossoms make up for the trouble!


On Jan 25, 2007, angela_1 from Murfreesboro, TN wrote:

I have had great success with this rose. I have grown it in Roanoke, VA and Navarre, FL. I had trouble with blackspot in FL but no more than any of my other rose bushes. No problems in VA. I submitted a photo of my daughter holding a bloom. The blooms are huge. The petals are thick and like velvet. Note how nice the stems are for cutting. Good fragrance. I now live in TN and there will be a Veteran's Honor in my garden.


On Aug 11, 2005, LaLambchop from Chapin, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

If one could only have one red rose, this would be my pick. The blooms are stunning. They are 5" with a 25-30 petal count. Stem length is 18"-22" and the foliage is dark-green, semi-glossy.


On May 21, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great red rose. It needs some winter protection in my zone 5 garden but is a great bloomer and nice cut rose.


On Dec 31, 2003, Colorado_Roseman from Loveland, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

When I first got this rose Mr Lincoln was my favorite red rose. He has now become #2 as Veteran's Honor is that beautiful! Some say VH has no fragrance but both of mine have a wonderful delicious fragrance. Very pleasing to the nose as well as the eye!