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 Std. Tight buds on long stems open to reveal beautiful golden yellow blooms flushed with a hint of cerise red. Rich green healthy foliage. A very nice rose for those of you who can't resist picking.
Colour: Yellow / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Hybrid Tea. Long stemmed spiral buds open to reveal large, exquisite blooms of vibrant glowing orange set against dark green foliage. The blooms are fragrant and unaffected by weather so always but on a great show. Vigorous growth habit and good disease resistance. PVR 2009.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. This multi award winning rose (including one for fragrance) from the 1950's is still a deservedly popular rose today. The slim buds open to loose blooms that are a subtle blend of orange, red and yellow tones. Repeats well and lovely to pick. Wonderful fragrance. 1950.
Sutter's Gold was named after Sutter's Creek where gold was first discovered in California sparking the great gold rush.
Colour: Orange / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. A delightful rose with lovely fully double blooms of a clear rose pink that appear from summer through to autumn. Healthy disease resistant foliage and a gentle fragrance. 1978. PVR. AKA 'Congratulations'.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 60cm
Hybrid Tea. This stunning eye catching rose is certainly going to be the hot spot in your garden. Tangerine orange double blooms which lighten with maturity on a small to medium sized bush arranged amongst glossy green foliage. Deciduous.
Colour: Orange Habit: Bush Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Multi award winning rose that is seldom without a bloom. Beautiful pointed buds that open to full petaled flowers of gold tipped with scarlet. Flowers continuously from summer to autumn. Foliage is large, glossy and healthy. Upright growth. Altogether a very striking rose. 1989 PVR.
Colour: Gold / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75 x 75cm
Hybrid Tea. This modern rose bred by Mr McGredy has a lovely old fashioned form. The large, substantial blooms are full of petals in a soft apricot-pink shade. Plenty of blooms in generous trusses throughout the season - the blooms have a nice light scent. Glossy dark green foliage. 1997 PVR.
Colour: Pink / Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Unusual and striking colour combination of strong orange- red heavily overlaid with silvery white splashes. Very free flowering. This rose will certainly make a strong statement in the garden or a container. If you can't decide between red or white roses then this is the rose for you!
Colour: Red / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. A Sam McGredy rose that produces profuse amounts of perfectly formed brilliant red blooms that have a lovely fragrance. Well worth planting. PVR 1990.
AKA 'Placido Domingo' and 'Velvet Ruby'.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m