Hybrid Tea Rose 'Dolly Parton'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dolly Parton
Additional cultivar information:(PP5608)
Hybridized by Winchel
Registered or introduced: 1984
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Hybrid Tea


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

Bloom Color:

Orange red (or)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are very 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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Granada Hills, California

Merced, California

Oak View, California

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Boyce, Louisiana

Akron, Ohio

Morton, Pennsylvania

Walhalla, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Seymour, Tennessee

Paris, Texas

Seminole, Texas

Hurt, Virginia

Sammamish, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Brookfield, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 18, 2018, guycomet from Vancouver, WA wrote:

I have grown this remarkable rose in rainy Washington State , the high desert of California and near the beach in Los Angeles.
The fragrance is so very strong ! Very few roses smell this good.
The bloom can stop traffic when displayed correctly. A brilliant ketchup red-orange and it is a huge flower.
Dolly Parton can come down with mildew along the California coast.
A real shame this rose is getting harder to find. Always found in my rose gardens though.


On May 9, 2014, Flowerpower2014 from Boyce, LA wrote:

Ive only had this rose for about three weeks but I already love her.. When I got her she had two blooms and those have since faded but she's already got new growth coming up. They are huge orangey reddish blooms with a slight scent early in the day. She's definitely a beauty.


On Aug 17, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 5608 has expired


On Jul 11, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

My husband bought this rose about 5 years ago. It's blossoms have been a huge surprise! Beautiful red -- and actually smell like a rose should smell. BIG color...BIG blooms...BIG scent! Very happy to have this contribution to the garden.


On Feb 13, 2006, grannyrose from Walhalla, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This rose is a favorite of mine. I love the color and form of the bloom. To me it is a lovely orange not gaudy at all! The fragrance is wonderful. I like Dolly Parton so well I would have twenty more if I could find them unvirused. Mine is a virus-ed grafted bare root. If you find this rose without virus please let me know the source!