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Hybrid Tea Rose 'New Zealand'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: New Zealand
Additional cultivar information:(PP8279, aka MACgenev, Aotearoa, Aotearoa New Zealand)
Hybridized by McGredy
Registered or introduced: 1988
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Hybrid Tea


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Bloom Color:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:


Tea shaped

Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Stems are moderately thorny

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Camarillo, California

Oxnard, California

San Jose, California (2 reports)

San Leandro, California

Panama City, Florida

Hampton, Illinois

Kirkland, Washington

Casco, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 31, 2013, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Rose 'Aotearoa' is a strong old rose of 'baby pink' colour,
bred by Samuel Darragh McGredy IV before 1988, and was introduced in New Zealand by McGredy Roses International (New Zealand) in 1991 as 'Aotearoa'. It is
shade tolerant, and supposedly very disease resistant.


On Dec 22, 2010, tgwWhale from Casco, WI wrote:

I'm not into pink roses but I make an exception with this one. New Zealand is noticeably more hardy than most other hybrid teas. In the harsh NE Wisconsin climate, it survives winters if buried in ground and comes back strongly the next year. It is a vigorous grower and has a fine, bushy growth habit. It is highly floriferous; you can count on a bunch of blooms at a time, and the rebloom is good. The fragrance is strong and spicy.

On the negative side, the flowers open quite quickly, so if you like half-open roses (the way the come from the florist), you might get frustrated with this one. And when it starts getting colder in the fall, the blooms tend to ball up and not open at all.

Over all, this is the best pink hybrid tea I have found. A strong thumb... read more


On Mar 5, 2010, Caedi25 from Kirkland, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I'm inclined toward stronger colors in roses, but this one is such a glorious classic in form, scent et al, that it enchanted me into adding it to our rose arc. It does tend toward black spot in our area, but is most definitely worth the extra care.


On Jul 23, 2006, dlnevins from Omaha, NE wrote:

Beautiful light pink flowers with good form and a lovely fragrance, reasonably quick to repeat. Seems reasonably winter hardy in my zone 5 garden. I've had no major disease problems. All in all, a winner.


On Aug 2, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred and introduced in the New Zealand. Won the following awards:

Auckland Rose of the Year in 1990
Best Hybrid Tea (NZ) in 1990
Portland Gold Medal in 1996
Court of Show Honor in 2000
Princess of Show twice in 2001

Seed: Harmonie
Pollen: Auckland Metro