Hot Cocoa™

Type: Floribunda

Hot Cocoa™ displays an unusual coloring of a smoky, chocolate-orange which stays vibrant over time and beautifully contrasts her glossy, dark-green foliage. She has 4” blooms that offer a fruity/spicy fragrance, and they come in abundance on this continually blooming Floribunda.

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(Gallon Pot)

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Additional Info

Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) Hot Chocolate, Kiwi, Nubia
Specifc ARS Score 7.9
Bloom Type Double
Breeder Code WEKpaltlez
Characteristics Breeder, Cutting, Fragrance
Specific Color Smokey chocolate-orange
Country of Origin USA
Fragrance Moderately Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # Pat. 15155
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant No
Approximate Size 4' x 4'
Year 2002


Customer Reviews (23)

Gorgeous ColorReview by Rosemary
I am so pleased with this Rose, the color is amazing. I wish I could add a photo of the Rose I cut for my vase a few weeks ago, it was beautiful! Buy this beauty, you won’t be disappointed. Planted in zone 8
(Posted on 11/14/2018)
GorgeousReview by Fran
I garden in Alaska and roses can be challenging to grow. This rose bloomed very quickly on glossy green leaves, smells wonderful and the flowers lasted a long time. It is the end of September and still blooming. Definitely a winner if it survives the winter! (Posted on 9/29/2018)
WOW!Review by William
Living in Boise, Idaho (zone 6b) I wanted roses that could withstand hot summers- 90+ for more than 90 days and brief, cold, sometimes -6 winters. My Heirloom HotCocoa was just the one. Vigorous grower, loads of blossoms. Get many compliments on this beautiful rose. THANKS Heirloom!
William W.
Boise, Idaho (Posted on 9/28/2018)
An All Time Favorite!Review by Judy
I live in Northeast Ohio in a zone 5-6 area. I used to have about 75 roses of many different kinds. Our soil is clay when you get about eight inches down. I would dig large deep holes and mix up topsoil and peat moss and various nutrients for each rose bush. Some roses did well and some couldn't take our weather. Because of my age, I've pretty much neglected my roses over the last 5 years. This summer I threw some Bayer Ail-in-One systemic rose and flower care granules on all my roses. Only three are especially thriving after my neglect: Mary Rose, McCartney Rose and Hot Cocoa.I love Hot Cocoa the best. It has darker foliage and is such a wonderful color. Our abundant Japanese beetles aren't very interested in Hot Cocoa which is a huge factor to me. Japanese beetles slowly took away my joy in rose gardening. If anyone has a fool-proof solution to keep those superman-pests away, please let me know. (Posted on 9/10/2018)
Z8B, Seattle area success storyReview by Helen
Over time, Hot Cocoa has performed. better than any other rose I grow here in the Seattle area (live a further inland and a little higher elevation than Seattle, with a bit more hot/cold extremes, but still PNW). I found that stripping all the leaves off (and I have 3 HC bushes!) just after late winter pruning prevents blackspot, even though doing that for other roses didn’t work. (Our fungal issues here, with rain daily for months in the spring, is what makes growing roses challenging.). My 3 HC roses are now 6 years old, and perform beautifully ... and aside from spending 30 minutes once a year plucking leaves off, in addition to regular pruning, are very low maintenance... I don’t even fertilize them, though I do water them in hot weather. The color and prolific bloom is exceptional, although it took about 3 years for them to really take off .. I assume they just needed time to develop a good root system. With heavy spring pruning, they are very vigorous and grow up to 5 feet tall each season. I JUST WISH THERE WAS A CLIMBING SPORT OF THIS ROSE! I’d buy it in a heartbeat!

(Posted on 9/8/2018)
Fantastic!Review by Diana
I love this rose. I purchased it in July 2018 (it is now the end of august 2018) and it has already grown, bushed out quite a bit and has been blooming continuously! It has bushed out quite nicely already and has blooms all over. It is great for cutting...lasts a long time in the vase. It is beautiful … looks just like the picture. I have purchased roses from other places online and they NEVER bloomed the same year and really did not grow very much until the following year...I couldn't believe how quickly this rose grew and bloomed. I will only purchase my roses from this company from now on...they are a little more expensive but they are totally worth it. I am in zone 5 (usually it would be zone 6 but I purchase zone 5 roses because every few years we have a super cold winter). (Posted on 8/31/2018)
outstanding roseReview by susabella
I have had Hot Cocoa roses in my garden since 2008 when I first learned of them, and they are gorgeous. My very favorite. Very healthy rose too. I have never seen an aphid or a black spot. I am glad I purchased them years ago because the price has escalated. However, if ever a rose was worth it, this one is. I garden on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state, zone 8b. (Posted on 8/21/2018)
A rich colored and very healthy rose, but beware it gets!Review by J
I usually like David Austin roses, but when I saw this rose at a nursery I had to have it. My yard is packed with roses already so I put it in not such an ideal spot, but holy it didn't stop this rose from get super huge within a couple of months. To be fair my yard is rose heaven, zone 8 with good morning sun afternoon shade and rich soil, roses generally thrive no matter what. But still, it got huge like no other rose I had before, and super healthy. Lot of blooms, and the color is very rich, and so is the color of the leaves, dark green and rich in color and shinny as well. It is getting way too big for the spot I have, may have to give it away, but it is a beautiful rose. (Posted on 5/4/2018)
Unusual ColorReview by MomPerson
I've had Hot Cocoa for a few months now and like everyone else my main comment is on the unusual color. It's indescribable! The best way is to view the pictures of it. But the blooms are proliferate, buds appearing all over the plant and blossoms themselves are cookie cutters of one another...very little variations. Mine, so far, have been about 3" and I cannot detect any fragrance at all. But that's OK, I can live without fragrance as long as I've got that beautiful color and lots of it! And I do!!! (Posted on 10/30/2017)
Great rose.Review by Terry
This is a great rose color. It stands out among the many rose bushes that I have. Can't wait 2 see this one mature. (Posted on 10/17/2017)
Glowing rose colorReview by Dee
The picture does not do it justice.the shading of this rose is so seems to glow. (Posted on 9/15/2017)
Fabulous color. Picky about location.Review by Wendy
This plant was going great guns in my San Francisco garden. Here in the Pacific Northwest, it sulked, and was plagued by black spot. I did the unthinkable and yanked it mid-growing season, and shoved it, unceremoniously in a sunnier spot. I also doused it with my worm farm tea, and it completely turned around. It leafed out, shows no black spot, and has put out a few blooms. Might be an issue with the excuse for soil we have up here: grey glacial till. Most of my beds are raised and filled with commercial garden soil, but where I can actually get a shovel in, I will stuff a rose. Still, the same point, though: heavy feeder, but is delightful went properly fed. One of my favorite roses, for the color. (Posted on 8/30/2017)
Gorgeous in every way!Review by "Mo"
An early pick for my new "Rose Garden," and I am just so glad! Even as a baby rose, it
has several blooms at a time. The buds are perfectly formed, and the open flowers are
equally as lovely. I wanted a sampling of colors in this garden, and 'Hot Cocoa' is quite
a standout. It is also well able to handle our Alabama humidity, so I'm not fighting blackspot constantly. Gorgeous, in every way! (Posted on 7/21/2017)
Beautiful and very hardy!!Review by Elaine
This has become a favorite rose in my gardens. Blooms are always beautiful and the scent is amazing!! Have bought from your company and everyone that receive these roses are amazed at their besuty and hardiness......especially in Florida. (Posted on 7/6/2017)
Tough Review by D. Lynette
Hot Cocoa has an amazingly different color. It has survived contractors stepping on it, shading it and draining soapy water on it. (Posted on 6/24/2017)
Very beautiful roseReview by Lynn
I bought Hot Cocoa two years ago. She had a few flowers last year which were amazingly beautiful. This year Hot Cocoa has many buds. I cut one flower bud and it took a week indoors to fully open. Each day the rose was more lovely than the last. Wow! (Posted on 6/3/2017)
Wonderfully UniqueReview by Pyrenees9
I have greatly enjoyed this rose from the day it first bloomed here. It's smokey color is beautiful and blends well with every other color in my garden. While very thorny, it is a fine cut rose with a lovely fragrance. (Posted on 2/12/2017)
FabulousReview by Pyrenees9
I got Hot Cocoa when it first came out and have loved it ever since. The color is striking and the aroma is wonderful. I use it as a focal point in my rose garden and grow it in large pots.
(Posted on 1/23/2017)
I love this rose too... the color is uniqueReview by Barbara
I would not be without this rose, even though with my zealous pruning, no spray policy, a terrible tussock moth attack, and time, she is less and less vigorous. Originally though (Northern California, Zone 9b) she was extremely vigorous, despite a tussock moth attack and our drought. I work on the soil rather than on spraying. Hot Cocoa is such a unique colored rose. She is a wonderful addition to my bouquets.
(Posted on 1/19/2017)
Beautiful hardy and smells very nice. Review by Raffael
My first rose ever! The best rose ever! I'm in love with this beautiful rose and the amount of growth is amazing. I simply cannot wait until this rose matures and develops bigger blossoms To enjoy more of the delightful fragrance. Thanks for sending me such a magnificent Rose. (Posted on 3/8/2016)

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