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Hybrid Tea Rose 'Snowfire'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Snowfire
Additional cultivar information:(PP3014)
Hybridized by Kordes
Registered or introduced: 1970
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Hybrid Tea


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Red blend (rb)

Bloom Shape:

Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

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:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Goodyear, Arizona

Fayetteville, Arkansas

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Madison, Illinois

Waterville, Maine

Winchester, New Hampshire

Kingsport, Tennessee

Houston, Texas

Winchester, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 28, 2016, rossbynum from Houston, TX wrote:

I personally think (though I'm in the minority) that Snowfire is better than Love in the red with white reverse category. However, be warned...Snowfire is quite possibly the most prickly rose you will ever encounter. It is absolutely covered in prickles beyond anything you've encountered with any other rose.


On May 12, 2015, BrieMiddleton from North Little Rock, AR wrote:

I bought a Snowfire last spring. I fell in love with the way the petals were colored. The first blooms that it grew were tiny, and didn't last too long. This year the first bloom appeard in mid to late April. (2015) it was beautiful. And a lot bigger than last year's. Unfortunately we had some rough rain and wind come through and knocked off all the petals. The plant itself did survive, happily. :) i water it when i see tgat the soil is a bit dry. And it doesn't have any problems. It suggested on the care tag that i put some top soil and mulch down after i plant it. I failed to do this, as most of the places i went didn't have any in stock, so i let the rose grow in the natural soil. Very pleased with this gorgeous rose. :)


On May 19, 2012, littlej1129 from Kingsport, TN wrote:

I love this rose! A friend had given it to me as a gift along with two other types of rose bushes. I am notorious for killing plants and the other two died. But the Snowfire grew! I had it for 15 yrs and some of the roses were as big as my hand. The color and size is what caught everyones attention. I had to move and my rose bush was left for my daughter to enjoy. I am now looking for another one. It is simpily a beautiful rose.


On Feb 23, 2012, JAMIESMITH from Decatur, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

This rose is a source of frustration for me. I have attempted to purchase it locally on three different occassions, only to find that the bushes I purchased were incorrectly labeled. I would love to find this one because it looks so beautiful in members' photos.


On Oct 24, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 3014 has expired