Hot Cocoa™

Type: Shrub

A rose of unusual coloring. Smokey chocolate-orange ruffled 4" blooms (petals 30) with a fruity/spice fragrance, produced on a continual blooming shrub.

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(Gallon Pot)

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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 (15)

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)
They smell heavenly.Review by Kathryn
I got one 2 years ago and have loved it ever since. they are really tough and have a lovely dark chocolate smell. (Posted on 2/26/2016)
Absolutely love this rose! It's a show stopper!Review by Jennifer
This is one of my favorite roses. The petals are almost velvety to the touch and the color is so rich and doesn't fade. The leaves have a beautiful color and texture also. It doesn't seem to be as prone to rust or other disease, and is one of the best performers in my rose garden of 54 roses. I love it. It is also one of my favorites to photograph. (Posted on 3/30/2015)
the amazing roseReview by Kathryn
I got this rose and put it in a partly shady spot last year and it's doing fine. it smell's amazing, plus it helped to see it in the garden they had so you don't have to rely on the picture! (Posted on 2/25/2014)

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