Hybrid Tea roses are perhaps the most popular type of rose because the breeding for most Hybrid Teas is focused on the blooms. On the positive side that means that the flowers are often classic pointed buds, high-centered blooms, and great fragrance, borne on long, straight stems. On the negative side it means that some are very prone to disease and pests.
When you buy a Hybrid Tea, you should be careful not to make the decision based only on the flowers, but do your research and find out if the bush will be healthy when faced with less than perfect circumstances.
This class was not always so popular. When the first chance cross was made between a Tea and a Hybrid perpetual in 1867 to produce the first Hybrid Tea - ‘La Fance’, it didn’t excite much interest. In fact, Hybrid Teas didn’t gain popularity until nearly twenty years later, and it wasn’t until 1900 that the first yellow Hybrid Tea - ‘Soleil d'Or’ came out from a cross between an unnamed seedling of a Hybrid Perpetual, and a species rose.