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. A gorgeous and unusual rose that has shapely blooms of pale smokey beige overlaid with smokey lavender pink at the petal edges. Very popular. Free flowering with a nice spicy perfume. 1990. PVR.
The colour of this rose is a bit hard to describe and is best seen up close and personal. It is, however, one of my favourites and the colour combines well with other plants in the garden.
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. The official rose of the NZ Red Cross bred by Sam McGredy. Medium sized blooms of brilliant, velvety red appear regularly on wide, long stemmed clusters. An extremely healthy bush with disease resistant glossy foliage. Multi award winning. PVR 1998.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. This rose will entice you with the unique lilac-mauve colour of the well shaped blooms. It will also delight with its strong fragrance and lush, leathery, dark green foliage. Lovely to pick, plenty of blooms throughout the season. PVR. 1986.
Colour: Mauve / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. An award winning rose that celebrates another winner 'Sunline' the champion NZ mare. Large, golden yellow shapely blooms outlined with a delicate pink - an unusual but effective combination with just the lightest scent. Good disease resistance. A Rob Somerfield rose. PVR 2010.
Colour: Yellow / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.3m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. 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: 1m x 0.6m
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. 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