Roses forum: Is this a special kind of rose?

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Los Angeles
Apr 22, 2020 11:23 PM CST
I want to buy more of these but I am not sure what kind it is. We are in CA. Thanks!
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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Roses Garden Photography Region: Michigan
Apr 23, 2020 8:52 AM CST
It's hard to tell. There are 3 roses that come to my mind. Playboy is a floribunda which will be short and bushy with clusters of flowers. The other two are climbers, Pinata and Joseph's Coat. Do you have any more information about the rose?
Name: John Hunley
E. TN (Zone 7a)
Apr 24, 2020 7:20 PM CST
I'm almost certain it's Playboy. Those mirror-finish shiny leaves, the semi-double blooms with the screaming hot color, is a dead match. I lost my potted Playboy this past winter, which is strange, since the winter was much warmer than the previous three or four that it survived. Oh well...I got it as one of those "5 roses for $14.99", so I can't complain, lol.

Opps. I meant to include a link. Look at this photo:
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Los Angeles
Apr 24, 2020 11:18 PM CST
Thank you!!!! Hurray!

Apr 26, 2020 5:06 AM CST
It could be a Harlequin rose. See the description of this rose
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Name: John Hunley
E. TN (Zone 7a)
Apr 26, 2020 10:41 AM CST
I don't think it's Harlequin. The colors are close, but Harlequin has a VERY distinctive look to the blooms. Each petal is fimbritated, almost frilled, giving it a very unique look. You can recognize it from across the garden. It's what a rose would look like if you used pinking shears on the petals. That look is why I bought it (I generally don't go for orange roses, lol). Harlequin is more double than Playboy as well. In my garden, Playboy was almost single, with barely 8-10 petals. Also, the leaves of Harlequin are a yellowish green, with a semi-matte surface, whereas Playboy has dark green, almost plastic-looking, ultra-shiny foliage, which matches the original photos posted by Jimeh. Also, Harlequin is VERY rare in commerce in the USA. Rogue Valley (where I got mine), and Angel Gardens *used* to carry it, but I don't think there's a source for it now. Playboy, on the other hand, is sold by many nurseries and rose specialists.

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Los Angeles
Apr 26, 2020 8:12 PM CST
I went ahead and ordered a bunch more playboys. We'll see how it goes. Thank You!
Name: John Hunley
E. TN (Zone 7a)
Apr 26, 2020 10:42 PM CST
I think you'll love your Playboy roses, Jimeh. With the one you already have they'll make quite a statement.

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