Hybrid Tea

Hybrid Tea is a Cultivar Group of roses, created by cross-breeding two different types of roses. Grown one flower to a long stem, they are supported by long, straight and upright stems. Most can be as tall as 1.8 metres and are repeat flowering. Each flower can grow to 8-12.5 cm wide. Hybrid Teas are the world's most popular type of rose by choice due to their color and flower form. With their long stems, it gives them the advantage, over others, as cut flowers. Most varieties, however, lack fragrance and can be difficult to grow in the home garden due to a lack of disease resistance and susceptibility to cold temperatures.


The birth of the world's first hybrid tea is generally accepted to have been La France in 1867. It was raised by Jean-Baptiste Guillot, a French nurseryman. He did it by hybridising an old Chinese garden tea rose with a European rose, hence 'hybrid tea'. Today, 'La France' survives and can still be found at nurseries specialising in old garden roses like it.


This can be done by budding, a technique that involves grafting buds from a parent plant onto strongly growing rootstocks. One type of such rootstocks is the R. multiflora.


Most hybrid teas are hardy plants and can withstand a relatively cold winter. Protection is required however, to prevent the temperature of the bud union falling below −12 ºC, beyond which it can be killed or damaged in excess cold and also asexual


Some hybrid teas are named after royalty, presidents as well as entertainment celebrities. Some have become a legend - like the 'Peace' rose, a rose hybridised in France just prior to World War II. It was reportedly sent to the US on the last plane available before the German invasion. Safely propagated by the Conard Pyle Company in the US during the war, 'Peace' was introduced to the world in 1945. Called 'Gloria Dei' in Europe, it remains a favourite symbol of hope for the future. It celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1995.

Types of hybrid teas

Fragrant hybrid teas

(Most fragrant ones)

  • Alec's Red
  • Avon
  • Alexander
  • American Hero
  • Aotearoa
  • Apricot Nectar
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Blue Moon
  • Bobby Charlton
  • Chicago Peace
  • Chrysler Imperial
  • City of Newcastle
  • Dolly Parton
  • Double Delight
  • English Miss
  • Escapade'''
  • Fragrant Cloud
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Midas Touch
  • Mister Lincoln
  • Neptune
  • Oklahoma
  • Papa Meilland
  • Paradise
  • Peace
  • Red Devil
  • Stainless Steel
  • Whisky Mac
  • Yesterday

Red hybrid teas

  • Alec's Red
  • Audrey Wilcox (cherry red w/a silver reverse)
  • Baronne Edmund de Rothschild
  • Beloved
  • Black Baccara
  • Black Magic
  • Chivalry
  • Christian Dior (bright crimson)
  • Chrysler Imperial
  • Crimson Glory
  • Deep Secret (nearly black buds produce one of the darkest red roses - deep crimson)
  • Dublin (medium red)
  • Givenchy (purplish red w/yellow orange center & reverse)
  • Grand Prix (famous as the "Scarlett Carson" rose in the 2005 film V for Vendetta)
  • Gypsy
  • Ink Spots
  • Kardinal (bright red)
  • Kentucky Derby (deep, dark, velvety red)
  • La Grand Duchesse Charlotte
  • Lasting Love
  • Liebeszauber
  • Maestro
  • Mirandy
  • Mister Lincoln
  • National Trust
  • Olympiad
  • Opening Night
  • Peppermint Swirl (red blend- striped looks kind of like it's smeared w/pink)
  • Precious Platinum
  • Raven
  • Reba McEntire (orange red blend)
  • Red Masterpiece
  • Red Planet (dk red)
  • Rosie O'Donnell (orange red w/yellow reverse)
  • Red Intuition
  • Toro (dk red)
  • Velvet Fragrance (rich, very dark, velvety crimson red)
  • Veteran's Honor (deep, dark red)
  • Tahitian Sunset
  • Betty Boop

Pink hybrid teas

  • Aromatherapy
  • Belami
  • Bewitched
  • Billy Graham
  • Bride's Dream (soft pink- same color as parent plant, Royal HIghness, but a better plant)
  • Brigadoon (creamy coral pink)
  • Cajun Sunrise
  • Color Magic (intense/beautiful fragrance)
  • Color Me Pink
  • Confidence (has a hint of yellow)
  • Cupcake miniature rose
  • Duet
  • Eden Rose
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Electron
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Elle (soft, shell pink)
  • First Prize
  • Falling in Love hybrid tea(pink and white- medium tal and fragrant)
  • Fragrant Hour (pink w/some orange)
  • Friendship
  • Gemini
  • Gitte (pink/apricot blend)
  • Helen Traubel
  • Henri Matisse (pink w/red stripes)
  • Keepsake (deep pink blend w/lighter pink & touches of white)
  • Kordes Perfecta
  • Lily the Pink
  • Lynn Anderson (pink blend- cream w/med-dk pink edges)
  • Madame de Tartas
  • Marijke Koopman (medium pink)
  • Memorial Day (lavender/pink)
  • Miss All American Beauty
  • Monet (mauve blend)
  • Moonstone (porcelain pink, huge blooms w/a beautiful fragrance)
  • My Choice (pink w/yellow reverse)
  • New Zealand
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  • Paul Shirville
  • Perfume Beauty
  • Peter Mayle (very fragrant)
  • Pink Peace
  • Perfume Delight
  • Pristine (pink & white blend)
  • Rose Rhapsody (dark pink)
  • Royal Highness
  • Savoy Hotel
  • Seashell (salmon pink w/orange/lighter highlights)
  • Sheer Bliss (pale pink almost white)
  • Silver Jubilee (silvery pink, apricot, coppery salmon w/peach tints)
  • Sonia (salmon pink w/coral to yellow center)
  • Table Mountain
  • The McCartney Rose (AKA Paul McCartney)
  • Tiffany
  • Touch of Class (coral pink w/cream highlights)

Orange, Coral & Apricot hybrid teas

  • Ambassador (apricot, orange & pink)
  • Angelique (bright red orange)
  • Artistry (orange pink blend)
  • Brandy (orangish cream)
  • Broadway (orange, yellow & red blend)
  • Cary Grant
  • Chris Evert
  • Dolly Parton
  • Folklore (combination of oranges w/intense fragrance)
  • Fragrant Cloud
  • Gemini (coral & cream)
  • Georgia
  • Harlequin
  • Hot Pewter (orange red)
  • Joyfulness (apricot blend)
  • Just Joey
  • Magic Lantern (apricot blend)
  • Marmalade
  • Medallion
  • Mojave
  • Montezuma (coral reddish)
  • Mother's Rose (coral buds, coral & pink blooms)
  • Prominent (orange red blend)
  • Remember Me
  • Rosemary Harkness (orange/salmon w/orange yellow reverse)
  • Samaritan (apricot, pink, yellow blend)
  • Seashell (orange pink bloom)
  • Sheer Elegance (orange pink blend)
  • Special Occasion (apricot & copper blend)
  • Sunset Celebration
  • Tropicana (orange)
  • Typhoo Tea (reddish coral w/lighter reverse)
  • Typhoon
  • Veldfire
  • Voodoo
  • Wildfire

Yellow hybrid teas

  • Celebrity
  • Elina (light yellow)
  • Fragrant Dream (soft yellows w/tinge of apricot) - beautiful fragrance
  • Glowing Peace (orangish yellow w/pink edges)
  • Golden Fantasie (medium yellow fades to white)
  • Honey Dijon
  • Houston
  • Irish Gold
  • King's Ransom
  • Midas's Touch
  • Mrs. Oakley Fisher (deep yellow)
  • New Dawn (sometimes called New Day)
  • Oregold
  • Party Time
  • Peer Gynt (yellow w/pink edges)
  • Radiant Perfume
  • St Patrick
  • Sunbright (deep solid yellow)
  • Summer Sunshine
  • Summer's Kiss (peachy yellow w/lighter edges)
  • Welcome Home

White hybrid teas

  • Crystalline
  • Garden Party
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Louisiana
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  • Pascali
  • Polar Star
  • Pristine
  • Sheer Bliss (white to soft pink)
  • Sweet Afton (pale pink buds open to pearlescent white petals w/soft pink reverse)
  • Tineke
  • Virgo

Lavender hybrid teas

  • Big Purple (mauve to reddish purple)
  • Blue Girl
  • Blue Moon
  • Blue River (mauve blend)
  • Blueberry Hill
  • Fragrant Plum
  • Heirloom
  • Lady X
  • Melody Parfumee (mauve blend)
  • Memorial Day (lavender/pink)
  • Monet (mauve blend)
  • Moon Shadow
  • Neptune
  • Paradise
  • Purple Passion (lavender)
  • Sterling Silver

Multicoloured hybrid teas

  • Barbara Bush
  • Bella'roma (pink buds open to yellow petals edged in pink- magnificent fragrance)
  • Brigadoon
  • Chicago Peace
  • Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Double Delight
  • French Perfume (creamy yellow centers shading to bright red near petal edges)
  • Gemini (coral & cream)
  • Granada (rose pink & lemon yellow blended w/red, gold, peach, & apricot)
  • Las Vegas
  • Painted Moon
  • Paradise (deep lavender bloom edged w/red violet)
  • Peace
  • Perfect Moment (red & yellow blend)
  • Rio Samba (yellow petals splashed w/red & red/orange)
  • Sutter's Gold
  • Tahitian Sunset (gold, apricot & pink)
  • Tequila Sunrise

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