'Hot Cocoa' rose was bred by Tom Carruth, USA, in 2001. Don't plant this beautiful rose at the back of your rose garden because you will miss the most unusual array of colours as the blooms start to flourish. Early in the season, the buds can be quite orange on the outer petals, however, the surprise is when the bud opens, the petals are distinctly brown and then as they age, they turn are dusky, muddy mauve. It is quite stunning at all stages and when the bush is in full bloom, the colour range is amazing.
'Hot Cocoa' is outstandingly disease-resistant with glossy, green foliage which adds to its unique beauty. The bush habit is rather upright and if pushed against a wall and wasn’t pruned, this bush would create quite a spectacular pillar rose. There’s no great perfume but Hot Cocoa is a highly recommended rose to plant for its unusual range of colours.
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