The Whisky Mac Rose has the most beautiful gold and amber petals that stand out in the border like a flame against the dark green leaves.
The large flowers, are fully double, and are found both singly, and in small clusters all through the growing season.
The open style of growth on this lovely rose, make it a stout bush with plenty of thorns. The rose bush grows almost three feet tall (30”), with a spread of about two feet.
This is a beautiful, large flowered Hybrid Tea rose that is widely grown. It is a yellow-blend rose that is repeat flowering. The color is indescribable, as well as irresistible once you see it.
The large, shapely, and sweetly scented blooms are a deep gold, or burnt orange, and yellow. Perhaps the color of malt whisky?
Sometimes the color is described as apricot pink, with yellow petal backs, and bases, with hints of crimson and orange at first.
The best blooms of ‘Whisky Mac’ are produced in the cooler weather, where the color becomes very intense, as they develop more slowly. Hot climates should expect a much paler colored rose.
Elegant buds open to cupped flowers with wavy petals.
Type Hybrid Tea Rose
Hybridizer Mathias Tantau (Germany) 1967
Growth Habits Open style of growth, with a slightly spreading nature
Blooms Apricot and yellow flowers. The flowers are almost 4” across and repeat well all season.
Foliage Dark green glossy green foliage
Fragrance light, sweet fragrance
Hardy zone zones 6
This is a rose that makes an excellent cut flower, that last well when cut. The flowers also stand up well in the rain.
Mildew is sometimes a problem with this rose.
This rose can be difficult to grow even under the best conditions, yet gardeners find it irresistible! They complain about its need to be pampered, but they forgive its unreliability for the sake of those wonderful flowers.
If you fall under its spell of “I simply must have this rose”, give it a sunny, sheltered site with good soil, lots of TLC, and hope for the best! In late winter remove all unproductive stems.