The birth of the ubiquitous Hybrid Tea rose occurred around the mid 1880’s and eventuated from some fairly random crosses between Hybrid Perpetual and Tea Roses. The resulting off-spring were not called Hybrid Teas but classified according to the dominant pollen parent. It wasn’t until 1884 that Hybrid Tea Roses were listed (in a catalogue put out by Dickson’s of Northern Ireland) as a distinct group. Many years later in 1898 the National Rose Society finally accepted these “new” roses as a separate class. In modern times Hybrid Teas have been re-classified officially as “Large Flowered Roses”. However in all my many years of working in horticulture I have never heard them referred to as such and it seems the term Hybrid Tea is here to stay.
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La France, a beautiful pink rose bred in 1867 by French nurseryman Jean Baptiste Guillot is acknowledged as the first official Hybrid Tea. Henry Bennett from the UK, to whom the term Hybrid Tea is attributed without any sense of pride or prejudice, was also an important early breeder of Hybrid Tea roses. Henry’s lovely rose, Lady Mary Fitzwilliam (1882) figured in the parentage of many future cultivars. Another rose to command early attention was Mme Caroline Testout (1890) named after the Parisian dress designer. Madame promoted this bright pink rose in her salon which, “voila” led to its instant success. Modern Hybrid Tea roses, of which there are literally thousands of cultivars, have quite a mixed pedigree but are characterized by their sturdy long stems, pointed buds and large elegant flowers that open out to display a symmetrical spiral of petals, usually of good substance. Naturally Hybrid Teas repeat well and are often fragrant with glossy leathery foliage. Here at Wairere we love the sweet simplicity of Dainty Bess, EllenWilmott and Mrs Oakley Fisher, 3 desirable single roses bred in the 1920-30’s. Big Purple, Double Delight, Elina, First Love, Ingrid Bergman, Loving Memory, Pascali, Remember Me and Tequila Sunrise are all fine examples of quality Hybrid Tea roses and of course no list would be complete without the much loved Peace rose which has been an enduring favourite since 1945. Click here to check out our full list of Hybrid Tea roses.
Hybrid Tea. This rose gives you the best of both worlds as it has all the attributes of modern breeding with a beautiful old fashioned look. The double, red, fragrant blooms are opulent, full and produced in good quantities. Named to celebrate Parnell's heritage - a suburb of Auckland. PVR 1963.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.3m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Well-formed, flowers of almost pure white with a soft cream base. Upright growth. An ideal flower for cutting. Winner of many awards, 'Pascali' is firmly established as the world's favourite white, large flowered rose. Soft scent. Flowers continuously throughout the summer. 1963.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. Named for the well known French Artist and no doubt inspired by his work. The flowers have tones of warm pink and red with brush strokes of bright white. Most unusual and striking. Healthy dark green foliage. Repeats well. PVR. 1992.
Colour: Red / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. This beautiful rose is AKA as 'Something Special' so I guess in many ways that is apt. The rose itself is quite lovely with tight spiral buds that open to fragrant blooms that are a blend of soft creamy yellow and golden apricot. Shows good disease resistance and repeats well. PVR 2001.
Named to honour the late Paul Holmes, Broadcaster, KNZM 1950-2013.
Colour: Apricot / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 45cm
Hybrid Tea. Possibly the world's favourite, best known and best loved rose. A delicate soft yellow edged with pink. Lightly fragrant blooms on a very sturdy vigorous bush. Wonderful as a cut flower. Repeats well and shows good disease resistance. Multi award winner. 1945.
This truly superb rose was bred by Frenchman Francis Meilland and named by Field Marshal Alan Brooke to celebrate the liberation of France at the end of WW11. It is a fascinating story - worthy of further reading and certainly 'Peace' is very worthy of planting.
Colour: Yellow / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Hybrid Tea. Picture Perfect has vibrant pink blooms blended with cream produced singly on long stems. The foliage has a slight silver sheen making it the perfect compliment for the blooms. A stunning looking rose and perfect for picking as it has a long vase life. Bred by Rob Somerfield. Deciduous
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.3m
From the Courtyard Collection bred by Poulsen this sweet little climber has small full blooms that are a blend of apricot and pink. The blooms appear in regular clusters from late spring through to autumn and carry a soft fragrance.
PVR. TM. 2008.
Colour: Pink / Apricot Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.7m x 2m
Hybrid Tea. A commemorative Rose that naturally is found to be growing in the gardens at the Vatican. The blooms are large, full and glistening white with a very strong fresh citrus fragrance. Vigorous and healthy with glossy green foliage. Blooms well throughout the season. 2006.
Jackson and Perkins from the USA introduced this rose and are donating 10 percent of all sales to charities chosen by the Vatican.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. A bushy vigorous rose with glossy green foliage and the most beautiful, rich crimson blooms with a very attractive sheen to the petals. The fragrant flowers appear continuously from summer to autumn. An excellent rose for cutting and exhibition. PVR. 1974.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. Bred in Denmark and named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Beautiful, large, hot pink blooms that have a nice frilly edge to the petals. Very strong fragrance and a strong growing rose that repeats well. Another beauty from the Renaissance Collection. PVR 1998.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m