Rio Samba Hybrid Tea Rose



Long-Lasting Blooms

All-America Rose Selections (AARS) Winner 1993

Few roses receive nonstop raves from our customers. After all, Jackson & Perkins roses are shipped to all climates and conditions, to new gardeners as well as experienced rosarians. It cannot be expected that everyone will be pleased with any given variety. And yet, season after season, praise is heaped upon Rio Samba. This hybrid tea seems to have the resilience and flower power of a shrub rose, as well as the beauty and impeccable form of an exhibition variety.

A large measure of Rio Samba's charm is its flower colors, which change dramatically as the blooms mature. Fully double, 5 inches wide, packed with about 25 petals, and opening from long, pointed buds, these blooms unfurl a bright shade of golden-yellow, often with red edges. Over time, the red spreads down the petals, often acquiring deep pink or orange hues. A fully blooming shrub is truly a carnival of brilliant color—which is where Rio Samba gets its name, of course.

Rio Samba is a long-stemmed hybrid tea, but frequently the blooms arise in small clusters rather than singly. It's like a bouquet on every flowering stem, and because the buds in each cluster open at different times, you will often see very different colors on display in a single cluster of blooms!

We take a special pride in Rio Samba here at Jackson & Perkins because it was bred by our own master rosarian, Bill Warriner, with another of his brilliant creations, golden Sunbright®, as its pollen parent. (The seed parent was a seedling.) Warriner released Rio Samba in 1991, and two years later it won an All-America Rose Selection. It has increased steadily in popularity ever since, and as we say, it is a rose we can unreservedly recommend for any climate, condition, or level of gardening expertise. We are delighted to make it available to you this season, and urge you to find a place for it in the sunny border.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Rosa
Variety 'JACrite'
Zone 7 - 10
Bloom Start to End Late Spring - Late Fall
Height 5 ft - 6 ft
Width 3 ft - 4 ft
Bloom Size 5 in
Petal Count 30
Bloom Color Orange, Yellow
Bud Shape Ovoid, Pointed
Flower Shape Double
Foliage Color Medium Green
Fragrance Light
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Landscapes
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 2 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

February 03, 2020

A Solid Rose

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

If you're looking for a solid rose with unique coloring, then Rio Samba is a great choice...especially if you're new to growing roses. The changing colors of the rose are very interesting and provide and great spectacle in the garden. It's worth noting that Rio Samba isn't the best cut rose as it the flowers have a less formal appearance than other Hybrid Teas. It's best enjoyed by leaving the blooms on the bush and seeing them change colors as they age.

drossb1986 from TX
January 07, 2020


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

If you have never seen one of these rose bushes in full bloom, you don't know what you're missing. Pictures do not do it justice. Although these roses start out yellow, they change to orange and then red. So, you can have a bush in your yard with three different colors of roses on it at the same time. It is beautiful.

Juanell Hopper from MS

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.

Jackson & Perkins World's Finest Roses

The Jackson & Perkins Difference

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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