Hybrid Tea Climber, Large Flowered Climbing Rose 'Royal Sunset'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Royal Sunset
Hybridized by Morey
Registered or introduced: 1960
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Modern Climber


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 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:

Unknown - Tell us

Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are very thorny

Pruning Instructions:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Novato, California

Oxnard, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Brookline, Massachusetts

Southold, New York

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 27, 2014, lelamarie from Novato, CA wrote:

I first saw this wonderful rose growing in Petaluma, CA at the Garden Valley Ranch which grows and sales roses. They also have a beautiful garden, plan weddings and even have a cottage you can book to spend the night. This rose was growing on a large pergola outside their office. I was immediately attracted to it because it was in full bloom and covered the pergola and was heading up and over to another building. The color of this rose is one of the best apricots I have seen so far. I had some problems with it the first two years. I think I had it in pots that were to small for it. I had to repot it for now and waiting for it to be moved into a spot in the garden where it can grows. It may not be the easiest rose to grow but I think the color is worth it. I am shoveling out a Queen Elizabe... read more


On May 26, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in the United States. Won the Portland Gold Medal in 1960.

Seed: Sungold
Pollen: Sutter's Gold