Plant Guide


Rosa 'Matawhero Magic'

Hybrid tea rose with glossy foliage from top to bottom, and flowering in flushes throughout the season. Mid to dark green leaves, reddish when young. Mildly fragrant, orange flowers, 8 to 10 cm wide.

Registration name: Rosa 'MACamster', bred by Sam McGredy (New Zealand). Dedicated to the memory and the work of the late Bill Irwin, the creator of Matawhero Winery near Gisborne (New Zealand). Also known as Rosa 'Top Notch' (USA) and Rosa 'Simply the Best' (UK).

Prefers a sunny position in well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring, and again in early summer. Remove spent flowers as soon as possible to encourage stem-growth prior to the next flush of flowers. Prune during winter. Somewhat susceptible to blackspot, but otherwise good disease resistance. 

Vibrant colour, good vase life, delicate fragrance; the perfect choice for a rose to bring indoors. In the garden, allow Rosa 'Matawhero Magic' to take center stage and combine with shrubs or grasses such as Carex testacea, that repeat a more subdued shade of orange. Also suitbale for containers.

Type of plant

Shrub - Deciduous


1-1.5 m tall

Landscape Use

flower display, cut flowers, pot plant, flower borders


  • Temperature: Hardy
  • Light: High
  • Moisture: Medium
  • Soil: Light Medium Heavy
  • Wind tolerance: Average