Floribunda Rose 'Trumpeter'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Trumpeter
Additional cultivar information:(PP4297, aka MACtrum, Mactru)
Hybridized by McGready
Registered or introduced: 1977
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Cluster-flowered (incl. Floribunda & Grandiflora)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:

Orange red (or)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

, (2 reports)

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fresno, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Columbus, Georgia

Coushatta, Louisiana

Echo, Louisiana

Sodus, New York

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 4, 2014, Dorchid from Fresno, CA wrote:

Trumpeter grows great in the dry, triple-digit Fresno heat, pushing out masses of bright orangey-red blooms all spring and summer long, with no sign of stopping as we head into autumn. This is the first year I've had it, but you would never know it by the size of the plant and quantity of blooms. They mature nicely, too, keeping a bright red color even when dry. The color, though described as orange, is more like a tropical lipstick red--bright, almost gaudy, but the balance of small, almost airy, green leaves to the profusion of ruffled flowers that burst forth has completely won me over. It's bushy, low-to-medium, and has been trouble-free for me.


On Jun 5, 2010, Txplantlady from Round Rock, TX wrote:

Trumpeter loves the heat. Stays very small for me 2' by 2' at most and usually smaller (probably becuase it is getting a little to much shade in the AM from an over grown vine behind it which I am taking out eventually). It's the perfect size for along the edge of my pathway. Very disease resistant for me as well. Flower color glows brighter in the direct sun. The flowers continue to look attractive to me up until the time they give it up. They seem to last a long time too. If there is a scent I can't smell it, but the glowing colors of the flowers and the short neat habbit makes me love it.


On Apr 25, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Orange color is so bright, it will make your eyes water. Disease resistant in my garden.


On Apr 7, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 4297 has expired


On Sep 4, 2008, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant is easy to grow. Mine is planted in an area made up mostly of clay and gravel with partial shade. All I do is water it twice a week when needed and fertilize twice a year, and it is nearly always in bloom.


On May 14, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Won the James Mason Medal from the Royal National Rose Society in 1991, the New Zealand Gold Medal in 1977, the Portland Gold Medal in 1981, the RNRS Trial Ground Certificate in 1974, the ROTY-Rose of The Year (Great Britain) award in 1977. Also won the Floribunda Spray award from three different societies in 1999 and 2000.

Seed: Satchmo
Pollen: Seedling