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. Large, perfectly formed blooms of bright crimson-scarlet are borne on strong stems. A special rose for special occasions. Nice light fragrance. One of the best for cutting or exhibition. We rate it highly and have planted this rose in our roadside garden. 1981. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. A special rose from Mr McGredy with classic buds that gently unfold to reveal charming soft pink blooms with a delicate fragrance. Lovely to pick and long lasting in the vase. Just a lovely rose that was named to honour the NZ Country Women's Association. 1975.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.4m x 1m
Standard Hybrid Tea. Strong damask fragrance, crimson red flowers that repeat well on a healthy bushy plant. Winner Most Fragrant Rose Barcelona Rose Trials 2016, Winner Barcelona Garden Society Award for Perfume. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. You'll be dancing with joy when you see the exquisite blooms of this lovely rose. Large and beautifully formed in a vibrant orange-red tone. Nice fragrance too and glossy green foliage to complete the picture. 2006. PVR.
Colour: Orange / Red Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 85cm x 65cm
Hybrid Tea. What an unusual and lovely rose this is. Winner of a fragrance award so you know it smells delicious and the striking rich lavender blue flowers are lovely to look at and last well in a vase. 'Mamy Blue' repeats well and has disease resistant foliage. PVR 1984.
Colour: Mauve / Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 90cm
Hybrid Tea. This is a lovely older rose that has a beautiful fragrance. The blooms are a rich apricot orange colour and we have ours trained against the house as a small climber although it is actually a bush rose. Always admired and certainly makes an impact. Repeats well from summer to autumn.
Colour: Apricot / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Here's a well educated rose that's earned a degree in looking good. Large, vibrant, flowers in shades of glowing orange and salmon with a delightful fragrance. The new foliage is a nice reddish bronze maturing to matt green. A strong healthy bush that repeats well. PVR. 2002.
This rose was so named in NZ to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Massey University. By complete contrast it is known as 'Pride of Scotland' in the UK!
Colour: Orange / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.3 x 1m
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Hybrid Tea. This Rose is AKA 'Simply the Best' and that certainly describes it well. Dark green glossy foliage and the most beautiful warm copper-orange-bronze blooms that emit a powerful musky fragrance. Mr McGredy does it again. Excellent cut flower. PVR 1998.
Winner of Rose of the Year in 2002.
Marketed in Europe as Simply the Best
Colour: Orange / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.3m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. An award winning rose with exquisite clear pink blooms washed with soft lavender. The fragrance of the blooms is so strong that is said that just one stem will perfume a room. Strong disease resistant growth and few thorns add to the desirability. PVR. 2005.
Colour: Pink / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m