These are the large flowered roses that we have developed into not only grow in the garden, but also what we see in the florists. They usually have one flower on each stem and are the rose of choice for cut flower growers.
Originally they were a hybrids most likely between Rosa chinensis and Rosa gigantea. However now they are a huge group broadly called 'Hybrid Tea' and any rose that has the repeat flowering, fragrant and large flowers seems to be lumped in this category.
The name 'Tea Rose' originates from from the perfume, said to smell like tea, however this is a little debatable. It could be that they just cane from China on the same boats that the tea arrived on.
The oldest in cultivation include 'Devoniensis' and ‘Hume's Blush Tea-Scented China’, although some oldest Hybrid Tea Rose we can find recorded include "La France" and Madam Falcot from the world renowned Guillot family.
A wonderful reference is the book 'Tea Roses - Old Roses For Warm Gardens'.
Characteristics of the hybrid tea rose
- Large flowers.
- Tall upright growth habit.
- Foliage is not dense like many others
- Colors from white to red, with yellows, orange and pink in between.
- Perpetual flowering.
10 of the Best Hybrid Tea Roses
- Papa Meilland
- Dublin Bay
- Mr Lincoln
- Barbara Striesand
- Double Delight
- Just Joey
- Veteran's Honor
- Marilyn Monroe
- Remeber Me