Olympiad Hybrid Tea Rose


All-American Rose Selections (AARS) 1984 | Rose of the 1984 Olympics
If you're wanting a champion rose for your sunny garden, look no further than Olympiad, introduced in 1982 in New Zealand from famed breeder Samuel McGredy IV. In 1984, it won All-American Rose Selections honors and was selected as the rose of the Olympics, which took place in Los Angeles that year.

One of the reddest of all red roses, this hybrid tea boasts long-lasting, 4- to 5-inch flowers on long, sturdy stems just perfect for cutting and displaying in vases around your home. The lovely pointed ovoid buds open to reveal perfectly formed, high-centered double blooms boasting 30 to 35 velvety petals and a light scent. They usually arise singly but are occasionally borne in small, irregular clusters. They hold their color very well in the garden, resisting spotting as they mature.

The plant is hardy, vigorous, low maintenance, heat tolerant, and disease resistant, with an attractive upright, bushy habit of grey-green foliage and reaching 5 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide. In spring, prune this hybrid tea to about half height or 18 to 20 inches above the ground. It can be grown in containers but will need winter protection.

Olympiad comes by its beauty honestly as its parents are R. Red Planet x R. Pharaoh. Olympiad is a superb garden gem all season long, from its first pointed ovoid buds to its final flash of fall glory.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Rosa
Species hybrida
Variety MACauck
ppaf PP5,520
Zone 5 - 10
Bloom Start To End Late Spring - Late Fall
Plant Height 5 ft
Plant Width 3 ft - 4 ft
Bloom Size 5 in
Petal Count 35
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Guam, Canada, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 3 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

December 25, 2015

My favorite Red rose

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I have a long love of this rose. It sells out very fast and I am so happy to have more of these as they are so fragrant and perfect long stems Also long lasting perfect buds and blooms. Lush green leaves. Did I say I love this rose yes indeed

Betty Dills from WA
December 25, 2015

My favorite Red rose

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I have a long love of this rose. It sells out very fast and I am so happy to have more of these as they are so fragrant and perfect long stems Also long lasting perfect buds and blooms. Lush green leaves. Did I say I love this rose yes indeed

Betty Dills from WA
April 10, 2015

Fuss Free Beauty

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I love this rose. The flowers are a beautiful clear red. And there are a lot of them. Olympiad continues to bloom though out the season. These roses are long lasting on the bush or in a vase indoors. They retain their true red color to the end. The only bad thing about Olympaid is that it has no fragrance that I can detect. But that is the only point against it. A truly remarkable rose.

GeorgieS from CA

Choosing Your Roses

Bare root roses are the most common form of roses for spring and early season planting, and come in two types: grafted and own root.

Grafted Bare root Roses
Own root Bare root Roses

Grafted roses, sometimes referred to as budded bare root roses, have roots that belong to a different variety of rose than the shoots. While the shoots will grow into the variety of rose you've selected, the root variety has been specially grown and developed for hardiness, improved resistance to common diseases, and improved resistance to certain weather conditions. The roots on any grafted rose you receive are usually already two years old, so they'll establish in your garden more quickly when planted.

Own root roses are grown from rose shoot cuttings and develop their own root system. Unlike grafted roses, both their roots and shoots come from the same variety of plant.

All Jackson & Perkins bare root roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth in our state-of-the-art wet cooler, so they'll be delivered to you with no foliage or blooms. The wet cooler has a uniform storage temperature set just above freezing and uses a fog system to provide consistent humidity of 100%, ensuring the roses remain fully hydrated and don't exit dormancy before leaving our facility. While you might see some variance in size, even within the same variety of bare root rose, all our roses meet the same rigorous standards of quality.

So, not sure which type of bare root rose you should choose? Don't worry, we've got that covered. We've researched which varieties of bare root roses grow better as grafted or own root, and both types can be planted in the early spring months, so just choose the variety of rose you're most interested in and get planting.

Though you might be surprised or intimidated when you receive a box of bare root roses filled with roots and shoots, rest assured, with the proper care, these little bundles will grow into stunning roses.

Container Roses

Container Roses

Container roses are typically available in 2-quart sizes or larger and come with established foliage that may or may not have blooms. While bare root roses should generally be planted in early spring, container roses allow you quite a bit more flexibility in planting time, from spring all the way through fall in many zones. Fall can be a good season to plant container roses because it allows them enough time to establish themselves before cold or freezing temperatures arrive.

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Jackson & Perkins is one of the most recognized names in the gardening industry. In fact, for decades rose lovers have considered Jackson & Perkins synonymous with great roses. How has Jackson & Perkins earned this reputation? Simple, for over 100 years we have brought our customers the world's finest selection of roses.

Jackson & Perkins became a leader in the world of roses by producing dozens of award-winning roses. Jackson & Perkins has won more All-America Rose Selection awards than any other US company. In addition to the AARS awards, Jackson & Perkins has won numerous other awards, including the coveted Golden Rose of The Hague and the Royal National Rose Society’s President’s International trophy, among others.

From seed to market a new garden rose can take 8 to 10 years to develop. Every year, thousands of seedlings are grown but only a handful are selected to move into the trial phase. During this time, potential new roses are grown and evaluated in different climatic regions of the country. Our rosarians are looking for rose bushes that have stronger disease resistance, vigorous growth habits, and clean healthy foliage. When it comes to blooms, they are looking for improved flower form, unique colors, and strong fragrance.

Today Jackson & Perkins offers over 200 varieties of roses that includes a broad selection of exclusive roses, historical favorites, and innovative genetics from hybridizers around the world. We have two seasons each year for roses. In the spring, we offer bare root rose bushes, bare root 36” trees, 24” patio trees, and container grown roses. Our fall season is all bush roses, and they are available in 2QT and 1GL containers.

Whether you are new to roses or are an experienced rosarian, our online store has rose varieties for you. Our website is packed with information. You will find each rose fully described and lots of articles and videos that will help answer all your questions. Our call center staff have decades of experience and are just a phone call away.

Jackson & Perkins is here to help you in every way on your rose-growing journey.  There is no other plant in the garden that comes in more colors, fragrances, shapes, or forms, or performs as many functions than roses do.

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