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.
A modern twist on an old favourite. Soft yellow blooms with a hint of pink on the outer petals stand out on rich green foliage. A lovely light fragrance completes the picture. Deciduous. Bred by Bob Matthews.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
Hybrid Tea. Very fragrant hybrid tea with large, velvety, opulent blooms in a strong magenta pink shade. The fragrance has won this rose several international awards. Repeats well. Deciduous 1996. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x .60cm
Named for NZ's largest city so you know this rose is going to be really showy. Large shapely double blooms of deep tangerine orange with a hint of gold. Good strong fragrance, free flowering. 1982. PVR.
Colour: Orange / Gold Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Hybrid Tea. A very hard rose to describe adequately with words, you really need a picture painted by the artist it is named after. Carmine red buds open to orange pink blooms with cream stripes and a hint of soft yellow. Nice light, fruity fragrance. Flamboyant! 1992. PVR.
Colour: Pink / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. This rose is really a Hybrid Tea/Floribunda cross. Delicious and delightfully different, the blooms are elegantly poised with ruffled petals in a warm golden amber colour. Excellent strong fragrance. Strong compact growth. PVR. 2000.
Colour: Gold / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. A superb new generation rose bred for high health and low maintenance. Along with that you get drop dead gorgeous, vivid crimson blooms that sit well above the foliage. Sturdy compact bush and of course it repeats well. Winner of an International award for excellence. 1999 PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.9m
Hybrid Tea. From NZ Breeder Rob Somerfield comes an exceptionally beautiful rose. The large blooms are tightly packed with petals and are toned soft cream with blush pink edges. Glossy deep green foliage that shows good disease resistance. Repeats well from summer to autumn. PVR. 2010.
This rose has already won a Certificate of Merit and the breeder says "this rose has exceptional vase life" for those who can't resist picking your blooms. Pacific Rose Bowl Festival 2019 New Zealand Rose of the Year Trial winners Awarded Best Hybrid Tea Rose
Colour: Cream / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. A famous and classic rose with large, cream to buff-yellow, exhibition quality blooms that emit a delicious fragrance. A very vigorous and healthy rose that is a multi award winner for all the right reasons. Flowers well for months. From the USA, 1947.
Colour: Cream / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. Bred by Matthews Roses to celebrate 60 years of rose growing in NZ, this exquisite rose is shaded softest yellow in the centre gradually fading out to warm cream. Very decorative in the vase or garden. Strong compact growth habit and lovely fragrance. Award Winner. 2007 PVR.
Colour: Yellow / Cream Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m