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PlantFiles: Tea Rose
Rosa 'Lady Hillingdon'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lady Hillingdon
Hybridized by Lowe & Shawyer; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1910

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Yellow blend (yb)

Bloom Shape:
Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:
Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive davebert On Oct 15, 2012, davebert from Durham, NC wrote:

I purchased the climbing form of this rose, grafted, from the Texas subsidiary of a well known hybridizer in Wales, Great Britain. In 8 years, it has never exibited any attempt to expand beyond being a large bush. But I keep it because I cannot grow roses without this one. In the spring the first flush of flowers are almost white, large and soft looking, and lightly fragrant. But as the heat of the summer progresses, the flowers become darker and darker, like the color of summer butter made from milk cows fed on grass. I am in love.

Positive shopshops On Aug 14, 2012, shopshops from Joshua, TX wrote:

Bought this rose in April 2012 from Chamblee's in Tyler Texas. At the time they were in their "throw away pile." Well, they were on sale for $2.00. I thought: "what do I have to lose"??! I planted it in my clay soil, with the usual amendments...manure, peat moss etc. I covered her roots with 3 inches of bagged wood chip mulch and waited to see what would happen. By late May I had two or three pale apricot blooms on the tiny bush and the scent was delightful!. I am now on my second or third flush in August 2012. In the summer heat the flowers appear pale yellow. I read somewhere that the colour does not fade in the sun, but hey this is Texas! I love the "Englishness" of the name and it brings back lovely memories of an English garden. Will keep this one. I hope she blooms away for many years!

Positive dontruman On May 9, 2011, dontruman from Victoria, TX wrote:

A lovely, open, gold colored blossom that has been called an apricot blend. A fast grower that blooms all through the season. It has a lovely scent that lasts throughout the day. Flowers are ~3" in diameter with an attractive golden color but they do not last long on the bush (two to three days). Cut back only 1/3 rd during winter in warmer climates until it reaches its full size of 5 to 6 feet. Very heat resistant with sufficient moisture and mulching and heat does not effect the quality of the blossoms. (Mine doubled in size while going through a Zone 9A record hot South Texas summer in 2011). A "must have" for any hot climate rose garden.

Neutral Paulwhwest On Jun 1, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred in England.

Seed: Papa Gontier
Polen: Mme. Hoste


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Capistrano Beach, California
San Jose, California
Coushatta, Louisiana
Durham, North Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Joshua, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Victoria, Texas

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