Rose (Rosa 'Tropicana') in the Roses Database

Alternative cultivar names:
'Tanor Star'
'Super Star'

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Large: 4-5"
Petal count: full: 26-40 petals
Rose bloom color: Orange and orange blend
Extra Bloom Info: Long-stemmed
Rebloom: Good
Class: Hybrid tea
Extra Color Info: Flame Red/Orange/Coral
Growth Habit: Tall, 4-6 feet, upright
Fragrance: Strong
Hybridizer & year: Mathias Tantau Jr., 1960
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 7 and warmer
Awards: AARS: 1963

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 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 2-3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: Other: Bagatelle Gold Medal 1960
Parentage: (seedling x Peace) x (seedling x Alpine Glow)
Child plants: 13 child plants


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Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Feb 7, 2014 10:05 PM

Tropicana, a popular choice for rose gardens for more than 50 years now, has large and full blooms of coral-orange, with strong salmon-pink undertones. It's a tall hybrid tea (6-7 feet in my zone 9 garden) with a strong fruity scent. It's an exceptionally healthy and vigorous rose. I acquired four Tropicana bushes 25 years ago when a neighbor moved. She'd had them for more than 25 years before she moved, and all four of these bushes of 50+ years still look great and put on a good show every year.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Feb 10, 2014 3:22 PM

One of the very first hybrid teas that I ever planted in my rose garden, and I still have it and love it today. Intense, hotly colored, orange blooms with typical HT form. Just as all of my roses here in my humid Long Island, NY garden, Tropicana needs to be sprayed with a systemic fungicide to remain disease free.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Feb 25, 2016 7:17 PM

I remembered my dear mom growing 'Tropicana' for many years when she lived in Lebanon, OH. Tropicana is a gorgeous colored rose and I loved seeing it when I visited my parents' yard. My mom loved the color of the flowers and the buds a lot too. It was one of her favorites. Mom had to use a dusting chemical just to keep it healthy and looking good, as she did with all the roses she grew every year.

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