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. Very large ruffled flowers in tones of fawn, copper and buff with a nice fragrance appear from summer to autumn. Quite a sight in full flower. A good rose that is quite disease resistant and hardy. PVR. 1973.
Colour: Cream / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.75m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. A unique Rose for the unique New Zealand gardener. Pretty ruffled blooms in shades of terra-cotta red. Sweetly scented so nice to pick. Repeats well and a good strong upright growth habit. PVR. 2003.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. A rose for every Kiwi garden. Elegant classic shaped, large, creamy white flowers with a simply stunning fragrance. Strong, disease resistant plant with healthy glossy foliage. 1998 PVR. (This rose is a natural 'sport' of Rose Aotearoa.)
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 90cm
Hybrid Tea. An award winning and reliable rose bred in Germany in 1970. The blooms are reasonably large, well formed and toned a clear unfading yellow. With their soft fragrance and good behaviour the blooms are excellent for floral decoration.
Light green glossy foliage.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. Put the power of love into your garden with this drop dead gorgeous rose. The dusky red buds open to showy dark blooms in tones of magenta red. The fragrance is powerful and alluring. Disease resistant glossy foliage. Should definitely be on the must have list. PVR. 1993.
Winner of 'Most Fragrant Rose' Award in 2006.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Large soft pink blooms on long straight stems with a gentle fragrance will delight from summer to autumn. Healthy vigorous growth habit. A lovely rose to convey a floral message to someone special that you care for. PVR 2009.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 75cm
Hybrid Tea. An award winning rose bred in NZ by Rob Somerfield. Sumptuous double blooms shaded a vibrant red on long stems perfect for picking. Lightly scented. Tall upright growth habit, few thorns and disease resistant. A welcome new rose that would make an ideal gift as an expression of affection. Bred in NZ by Rob Somerfield. 2009. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Oh this is just gorgeous. The ivory white blooms open to reveal soft peach centres. Flowers appear with generous abundance and carry an intense sweet fragrance. There is no doubt that you will indeed 'love me do'. Healthy glossy green foliage is an added bonus. PVR. 2007.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. A very fragrant, pretty and free flowering rose. The vibrant salmon pink blooms are fully double and carried on strong stems from summer to autumn. Gorgeous to pick and what a lovely gift for the lovely lady in your life - even if it is for your good self! PVR 1986.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm