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. They say you never forget your first love and I still remember the first time I saw this lovely rose. I just loved it! The exquisite pointed buds open to fragrant pretty pink blooms that appear continuously from summer to autumn. Beautiful. 1951.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 45cm
Hybrid Tea. As the name suggests this rose is superbly scented. Free flowering with vermilion red blooms of some substance making them ideal for exhibiting or a vase. Strong deep green glossy foliage. Flowers from summer through to autumn. Multi Award Winner including one for fragrance.1964.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. A wonderfully robust, free flowering rose with deep rich yellow blooms that don't fade. The flowers are fragrant and large with a generous amount of petals. Superb rose for bedding or hedges. Multi award winner and deservedly so. 1984. PVR.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Superbly healthy, glossy green foliage complemented by simply gorgeous or should we say 'Glorious' large yellow blooms. Fragrant, easy care and definitely a must have. Perfect for picking. 2001. PVR. NZ Rose of the Year 2006.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Gorgeous blooms of deep gold, tinged with copper appear reliably and regularly on this free flowering, disease resistant bush. A trouble free rose that has remained a firm favourite since 1983 for a very good reason - its a 'goodie'. PVR.
Colour: Yellow / Gold Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Elegant dark apricot buds open to apricot blooms with a golden centre giving this beautiful rose great colour depth. The blooms have a nice fragrance and are produced in generous quantities all season long. Bred in NZ. PVR. 2006.
Colour: Apricot / Gold Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Not only would this rose make a lovely gift it is a lovely gift - from Mother Nature. Very fragrant double yellow blooms open from perfect buds. Nice glossy green foliage and compact growth habit. Bred in NZ by Rob Somerfield. PVR. 2011.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. This superb rose is the last to be bred by the international Rosarian Sam McGredy. A beautiful blend of cream,peach,apricot and salmon, with the darker tones towards the centre fading beautifully to the outer petals. Fragrant, disease resistant and sturdy. PVR. 2007.
Awarded best hybrid tea at the Pacific Rose Bowl Rose 2011
Colour: Apricot / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. A very beautiful rose that has been aptly named after a beautiful New Zealander. Frilly double blooms in shades of apricot cream and peach. Delightful perfume. A donation to UNICEF with every rose sold to assist with the education of girls in Ghana. 2006 PVR.
This rose was voted most Fragrant Rose of the Year in 2009 and Rose of the Year in 2010.
Colour: Apricot / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m