Hybrid Tea Rose 'Brandy'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Brandy
Additional cultivar information:(aka Brandy, AROcad, PP5168)
Hybridized by Swim-Christensen
Registered or introduced: 1981
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Hybrid Tea


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Bloom Color:

Apricot and apricot blend (ab)

Bloom Shape:



Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Susceptible to black spot

Susceptible to mildew

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


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

Berkeley, California

Canoga Park, California

Castro Valley, California (2 reports)

Emeryville, California

Merced, California

Ontario, California

San Dimas, California

San Jose, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mission, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 9, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have grown many many varieties of roses mostly patented, and of all, this one had some of the largest blooms of all. Even when recently planted and less than a foot tall, while very young, it was constantly covered with huge blooms! My husband's favorite.


On Apr 10, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 5168 has expired


On Mar 5, 2007, plantoid from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have this gorgeous rose in a standard form. In the three years I have experience with it, it has never had any fungal disease or insect infestation. That's totally strange considering I have a sprinkler system and the area I live in has almost daily morning fog and heavy dew. Outdoor relative humidity in my area during the growing season averages around 55% to 60%.

The only real negative is that it only puts on a singular spectacular show in late spring/early summer lasting about 4 weeks, but doesn't repeat blooming during the growing season. It's planted right next to some junipers. The non-repeat blooming could be caused by the junipers sucking both water and nutrients from the soil around this rose tree.



On Jul 13, 2005, JackAndJean from Ontario, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Eyecatching apricot color and wonderful large buds and blooms. Color holds best in our climate when this plant gets filtered afternoon shade.


On Jul 13, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Getting ready to bloom, no problem with diseases yet, It was a gift from a neighbor moving. I can't wait for it to bloom! Fragrance on the tag shows the fragrance as mild tea. so from what I read above, should be a nice addition to my yard. Tag also shows it as not being hardy and best when cool. I have it in the hot sun, and so far, so good.


On May 25, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grows well here. Not prone to chlorosis. I like the fruity fragrance.


On May 1, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a lovely rose but it didn't do well in my zone5 garden. It winter-killed even with protection.