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'Hot Chocolate' rose Description
'Hot Cocoa ™ (Floribunda, Carruth, 2002)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Seil
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
189 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
ARS:
Russet Floribunda.
Registration name: WEKpaltlez
Exhibition name: Hot Cocoa ™ (Floribunda, Carruth, 2002)
Origin:
Bred by Tom Carruth (United States, before 2002).
Introduced in United States by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc. in 2003 as 'Hot Cocoa'.
Class:
Floribunda, Hybrid Tea.   (Series: Easy-To-Love ™)  
Bloom:
Russet, darker reverse.  Moderate, fruity fragrance.  25 to 30 petals.  Average diameter 3".  Medium to large, full (26-40 petals), cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped, ruffled bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy, rounded.  Large, glossy, dark green foliage.  

Height: 3' to 6' (90 to 185cm).  Width: 4½' (135cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b and warmer.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower or garden.  Benefits from winter protection in colder climates.  heat tolerant.  rain tolerant.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  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.  
Patents:
Australia - Patent No: AU3360P  on  17 Aug 2007
Application No: 2004/224  on  29 Jul 2004   VIEW PBR PATENT
unnamed seedling x ‘HARwelcome’. ... Breeder: Tom Carruth, Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Inc., Upland, CA, USA.
First sold in USA in Dec 2003. First Australian sale Sep 2003.
 
France - Application  on  2003
 
New Zealand - Application  on  2005
 
South Africa - Application  on  2005
 
United States - Patent No: PP 15,155  on  21 Sep 2004   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 10/614,612  on  2 Jul 2003
This invention relates to a new and distinct variety of Floribunda Rose. It has as its seed parent an undisseminated seedling of my creation and as its pollen parent the variety known as `HARwelcome` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 9,161).
Notes:
Hot Cocoa was christened "Nubya" in Switzerland (June 2002) in honor of lady singer Nubya (b. 1974)