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. Acapella is one of our newer roses. It is an exceptional cherry pink rose with a silver reverse. Similar to the Osiria rose and extremely fragrant. This rose produces a lovely tall healthy bush. Deciduous
Possibly the closest thing in NZ to an Osiria rose.
Bi Colour pink and silver
Hybrid Tea. Multi award winning rose with crimson to cherry red flowers which are produced in abundance. The large plump buds are almost black until they start to open. Strong foliage and lovely fragrance. An excellent all rounder. 1970.
Flower Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 0.75m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. Shapely pointed buds opening to brilliant scarlet-orange, luminous blooms on a big healthy bush. Growth upright with strong stems. Great for picking and very elegant in tall arrangements. Good disease resistance. Seldom disappoints. 1972.
This rose was bred by Harkness Roses of England and was named to honour Earl Alexander of Tunis who was a British General during World War II - the breeder served with the General during the war.
Hybrid Tea. A robust rose with Hybrid Tea shaped blooms of bronzy yellow on tall stems that are excellent for picking. Medium fragrance. Plant in full sun and feed regularly throughout the growing season. PVR.
Hybrid Tea. An elegant rose with richly coloured (unfading) blooms that are shades of warm apricot and amber. Long, strong stems hold the flowers well and are perfect for picking. Plenty of blooms from summer to autumn. Nice soft fragrance and an upright and bushy habit. 2003.PVR.
Hybrid Tea. Double blooms which are a subtle blend of apricot, amber and pink. Really pretty. The flowers are very fragrant, well spaced and produced regularly in large clusters. Strong compact, healthy bush. 1985. PVR.
Hybrid Tea. A beautiful rose bred by Mr McGredy. Strong growth habit and large flowers of rich cream edged red. The outer petals suffuse to soft pink. Classic long stemmed buds which are perfect for picking. Nice soft fragrance. Recommended. PVR.
Hybrid Tea. Dark green foliage and strong stems that carry very fragrant blooms of softest pink. The blooms are large and rounded with a generous amount of petals. Flowers continuously throughout summer if given a warm sheltered spot. Very pretty, multi award winner. England, 1981.
Hybrid Tea. A beautiful, elegant rose with white blooms that have just a hint of softest pink. The blooms are lightly scented and appear regularly throughout the season. Nice healthy foliage. A popular rose for all the right reasons. PVR. 1981.
Flower Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Mature Size (HxW): 1m x 0.6m
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Hybrid Tea. Celebrate your love of NZ with this beautiful rose. The perfect buds open to fragrant blooms shaded a rich salmon pink. A strong healthy plant with disease resistant foliage. Lovely to pick. 1989.PVR.
Aotearoa was released by Sam McGredy in 1990 to mark this country’s 150th anniversary