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.

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What to Expect

If this is the first time your are planting a bare root rose, you may be surprised by their brown roots and dormant stem. However, bare root roses provide the easiest and fastest way of planting roses without the concern of transplant shock.

Bare root roses may appear to be dead upon arrival, but the plants actually have the advantage of being able to focus their energies on strong root development rather than having to support an extensive and stressful growth of leaves right after planting.

Bare root roses are the best option for early-season planting. In fact, late winter is the best time to plant. Our bare root roses are fully established plants that meet the highest industry standards. They arrive dormant, which makes them ideal for planting. The roots get to acclimate to native soil, as opposed to the packaged soil. Of course, since they are not in soil when you get them, there's no mess to contend with.

Bareroot Roses

You can plant your bare root roses earlier in the growing season, since there are no leaves to get nipped back by frost. They can typically be planted as early as six weeks before your area's last frost date in the spring and no later than two weeks after that average date. Since they don't have to provide water to leaves or flowers, they usually establish faster than those that arrive in containers.

Due to the nature of plants and the fact that some are younger than others, there will be some variance in the size of our bareroot roses. However, they have all gone through the same quality inspections in order to make sure they meet the high standards we expect from all of our roses.

Gold Standard Stamp of Approval

Each Jackson and Perkins rose is individually inspected and graded to meet our standards for shape, viability, fragrance, and disease resistance.

Jackson and Perkins Exclusive Preservation Process

Our roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth utilizing a state-of-the-art wet cooler. By providing a uniform storage temperature just above freezing and employing a fog system to provide a consistent humidity of 100%, we are able to ensure that each of our roses remains fully hydrated and does not come out of its dormancy before leaving our facility. Bare root roses ordered elsewhere often arrive dry and shriveled. Through our exclusive preservation process, Jackson and Perkins is able to provide a fully hydrated premium bare root rose. Prior to entering the shipping container, we carefully wrap the root system to preserve the moisture and to provide a top-quality rose that is in optimal planting condition.

Gold Standard Stamp of Approval

Our Superior Bare Root Rose Growing Process

Our roses are hand budded by professional rose budders to ensure you receive a true-to-variety quality rose. This takes a special skill. These professional hand budders make sure the bud union lives and the rose plant becomes the premium Jackson and Perkins rose variety desired.

At the end of the rose growth cycle, when the rose plant has hardened off and is ready to be harvested, the roses are hand selected according to our top-quality Jackson and Perkins rose standards.

World's Finest Roses

Jackson and Perkins World's Finest Roses

The Jackson and Perkins Difference

Grown in California by the World’s Best Rose Professionals

California provides one of the finest rose-growing environments in the world. All of our roses are grown in soil that is tested and analyzed to ensure they are grown with the exact level of essential nutrients needed. The proper amounts of fertilizer, water, and nutrients are then added to the roses during their active growth cycle by our experienced rose growers.

Each rose is hand selected and prepared by seasoned professional rose growers. Our experienced growers are continually evaluating and testing the roses in the fields to ensure maximum rose health.

All of this tender loving care under the generous California sun results in a young but vigorously growing rose plant with a root system that is ready for fast blooming in your rose garden.

Exclusive and Superior Rose Breeding Process

Jackson and Perkins exclusive rose varieties have been bred to exhibit the most preferred rose characteristics for rose gardeners. It takes many years to develop a single rose variety, and our rose breeders have painstakingly evaluated, tested, and grown superior new genetic features into these new rose varieties for introduction.

The healthy rose plant canes are now hand groomed for the customers' garden presentation. The roses are then harvested at the perfect time in preparation for shipping and customer planting. All of these steps, from rose research, planting, budding, growing, harvesting and storing, are essential to ensure you receive a healthy, vigorous Jackson & Perkins rose plant, the WORLD’S FINEST ROSE.

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