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'Tropicana' rose Description
'Tropicana' rose photo
Photo courtesy of William
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
117 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Orange or orange-red Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: TANorstar
Exhibition name: Tropicana
Origin:
Bred by Mathias Tantau, Jr. (1912 - 2006) (Germany, 1960).
Introduced in United States by Jackson & Perkins Co. in 1962 as 'Tropicana'.
Class:
Hybrid Tea.  
Bloom:
Vermilion, salmon-pink undertones.  Strong, fruity fragrance.  30 to 35 petals.  Average diameter 5".  Large, double (17-25 petals) bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Height of 42" to 6' (105 to 185 cm).  Width of 3' (90 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 7b and warmer.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) .  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 1,969  on  3 Aug 1960   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Parentage on patent application is:
Seed parent: (seedling x Peace)
Pollen parent: (seedling x Alpine Glow)
Ploidy:
Triploid
Notes:
The genealogy for Super Star that we're using is found in Jack Harkness's The Makers of Heavenly Roses, p. 119, which was provided by the breeder himself...

Steven emailed his comments about this rose: 'Super Star' has well-formed coral-orange blooms with a strong fruity scent. The bushes seem to be vigorous although plants currently on the market may have flowers whose colors have been 'muddied' due to over propagation although my bush has perfectly vibrant and clearly colored blooms and maybe more susceptible to blackspot, as my bush is. The foliage is semi-glossy and dark green. I don't see why people complain so much about this plant, it's gorgeous!

Ploidy counted by David Zlesak.