Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Petal count: double: 16-25 petals
Rose bloom color: Dark red
Extra Bloom Info: Semi-double to double, in clusters
Rebloom: Some
Class: Other: Hybrid Wichurana
Extra Color Info: Dark red
Growth Habit: typically 10-12 feet
Fragrance: Mild
Hybridizer & year: Captain George C. Thomas, 1914
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 6 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Plant Height: 10-12 feet
Plant Spread: 4-7 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Parentage: Ethel x Gruss an Teplitz

Alternative cultivar names:
  • 'Dr. Huey'
  • 'Dr. Robert Huey'
  • 'Shafter'

Common names
  • Rose

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Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2023-04-01
Location: lindenhurst NY
Date: 2023-06-07
just found out the name of this rose
Location: Peoria Illinois 
Date: 2021-05-25
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2017-11-19
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2022-04-28
Location: Upstate South Carolina
Date: April 20, 2024
Zone 8a
Location: Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA zone 6b
Date: 2023-06-08
I prune, tie and fertilize.
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2018-05-02
One of the healthiest roses in my part sunny location.
Location: My garden in Bakersfield, CA
Date: 2017-04-26
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2022-05-02
Location: Upstate South Carolina
Date: April 20, 2024
Zone 8a. Rootstock reclaimed an unknown rose.
Location: Peoria Illinois 
Date: 2021-05-25
Location: Gause, Texas
Date: 2020-05-07
Plant comeback after hard prune/transplant to sandy soil setting
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2014-06-09
Uploaded by zuzu

Date: 2019-06-22
Location: Gause, Texas
Date: 2020-05-15 transplanted
Mature plalnt 10' tall pruned hard Fall 2019 and moved to rural s

Date: 2018-05-18
My very first Dr. Huey
Location: Dean Bond Rose Garden, Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania USA
Date: 2018-06-02
Location: Western Washington State
Date: 2021-05-31
Uploaded by hazeleyes
Location: West Valley City, UT
Lighter than last year.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: 2016-06-01
Rose was purchased as "Eden," but reverted to Dr. Huey rootstock
Uploaded by zuzu
Uploaded by zuzu
Uploaded by zuzu
Location: Peoria Illinois 
Date: 2021-05-25
Location: West Valley City, UT
Uploaded by riceke
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-25
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-25
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  • Posted by GardenQuilts (Delray Beach, FL - Zone 10b) on Jun 21, 2016 1:08 PM concerning plant:
    This rose was struggling to grow in the yard when I moved here. It has been over 10 years since anyone gardened in this yard in the rose-unfriendly Pocono mountains. Some tough plants have survived the neglect, including a little non-multiflora rose. I suspected it may be the doctor, but have waited for a bloom.

    I am labeling it and letting it grow on a bamboo tripod for now. If it thrives, I may build a bigger structure and find a clematis to keep it company.

    I wouldn't plant it on purpose - would anyone?

    I admire a survivor, so it can stay if it behaves itself!
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 1:21 PM concerning plant:
    I think everyone who's grown roses has grown Dr. Huey. Most store-bought roses (especially "body bag" roses) are grafted onto Dr. Huey rootstock. It's a single bloomer and sends out incredibly long canes like a rambler. The canes are easy to distinguish from the "desired" rose, as usually they're darker (almost reddish) and have smaller thorns. Dr. Huey is an incredibly hardy rose that is not easily killed. It will send out suckers everywhere! Too many of my desirable roses reverted back to Dr. Huey the 2nd or 3rd year.
  • Posted by StarlightCat (Upstate South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Apr 26, 2024 8:44 AM concerning plant:
    I had bought what I thought was a white iceberg rose from Tractor Supply. The first two years, the rose was a long-stemmed yellow rose. Obviously, the graft wasn't even an iceberg rose! Then, this year, the graft must have died and the rootstock just exploded! My research indicates that Dr. Huey roses are often used for rootstock because the roots are so tenacious. Unfortunately, it only blooms once a year for the most part and then the spent canes apparently develop black spot, which has been happening to mine. The recommendation is to prune back the spent canes as it only flowers on the 1-year-old growth. So, if you want more flowers next year then you'll need to stop wasting energy on spent canes and prune immediately after blooms are spent. I was hoping to get a rose that I could use to collect rose petals so I had wanted an iceberg as they are prolific. However, this dark red (rather than white) bloom is also stunning in how deep red and velvety it is and also seems to resist sun bleaching. So, I think I'm going to keep this rose anyway as it's much better than the long-stemmed yellow rose. I will collect so many petals for my crafts!
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Feb 7, 2014 1:55 PM concerning plant:
    I have grown Dr. Huey, but never on purpose! Every so often a grafted rose dies and this is what shows up as the rootsock grows. At that stage I dig it out and toss it.
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Zencat On May 14, 2015 Bloomed
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It has been going for about two weeks now and the blooms are only just starting to look a little paltry. But it already has new buds for a second wave, I believe.
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