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Does the color apricot bring to mind warm summer days, soft colors, and fuzzy textures? Abundant fresh fruit from the tree? Descriptive terms like light orange, soft pastel peach or pale sunset doesn’t really capture the warmth of the color. The ARS color classification uses apricot & apricot blend to cover a wide range of shades within this category, from the very pale apricot in Apricot Nectar, to a brilliant, nearly orange color in Cathedral. Yet the perennial favorite Just Joey, a rose that I would describe as a classic apricot colored rose (at least in our climate), is actually classified as an orange blend by the American Rose Society.
by Nanette Londeree, Master Rosarian
|Name||Type||Color||ARS Rating||Year Introduced|
|Royal Sunset||Large-Flowerd Climber||Apricot||8.9||1960|
|Buff Beauty||Hybrid Musk||Apricot||8.2||1939|
|Alpine Sunset||Hybrid Tea||Apricot||8.1||1973|
Four other roses in this color class that were AARS winners, and are still quite popular include: Brandy, Hybrid Tea, 7.3; Cathedral, Floribunda, 7.7; Medallion, Hybrid Tea, 6.9; and Valencia, Hybrid Tea, 7.9.