'Hot Chocolate' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Cliff's High Desert Garden Archival Dec, 2011 last updated 101812
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Russet Floribunda.Registration name: SIMcho
Bred by Nola M. Simpson
(New Zealand, 1986).
Introduced in New Zealand by Egmont Roses
in before 1988 as 'Hot Chocolate'.
Introduced in United Kingdom by Style Roses
in circa 2016 as 'Choca Mocha'.
Russet. Rich orange-red with brown overtones. Mild fragrance. Very double, old-fashioned bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season.
Bushy. Leathery foliage.
Height of 39" to 4' 7" (100 to 140 cm). Width of up to 28" (up to 70 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Can be used for beds and borders or garden. Vigorous. 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.
New Zealand - Patent No: 374 on 29 Jul 1987