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. 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.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 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.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.2m
Hybrid Tea. This sweet award winning rose has abundant, orange blend multi hued flowers and attractive mid green foliage. Prefers full sun, great for picking. It's compact habit makes it great for bedding, container growing or boarder edging. Hardy and fragrant. Deciduous
Colour: Apricot Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Hybrid Tea Std. This sweet award winning rose has abundant, orange blend multi hued flowers and attractive mid green foliage. Prefers full sun, great for picking. It's compact habit makes it great for bedding, container growing or boarder edging. Hardy and fragrant. Deciduous
Colour: Apricot Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
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.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
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.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Hybrid Tea. Named in honor of Astrid Grafin Von Hardenberg of Germany this award winning rose is sure to delight. Full, double, dark red, 'old fashioned' blooms with a beautiful fragrance. Repeats well and the strong foliage shows good disease resistance. 2001.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Hybrid Tea. This rose looks most beautiful when fully open. Powerfully fragrant with perfect-creamy white blooms, exceptionally free flowering. Good for picking. We have this in our garden at Wairere and it never fails to please. 1990. PVR.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. This is just a beautiful rose that was awarded Rose of the Year in 2002. Very fragrant, double, cerise pink blooms that pick well. Perfect for a gift or memorial for that special friend in your life. 1998. PVR.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Hybrid Tea. Another great Sam McGredy rose with large, full, classic shaped flowers of clear orange scarlet. The strong single blooms look wonderful in the garden or in floral arrangements and carry a gentle fragrance. 1993. PVR.
Colour: Red / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 90cm