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Definition of Tea Rose

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Definition as written by dovey:

Not Hybrid Tea but "Tea".

The first Tea Rose (like the first man) was named Adam. Adam was different enough from all other roses, it was given a separate botanical name, "Tea Scented China" rose.

Tea scented roses are so called because their blossoms have the scent of "a newly-opened sample of the choicest tea". Over time the name evolved and Tea Scented China roses became simply,Tea Roses.

Tea Roses are a cross between of the wild Tea Rose, R. gigantea, and the China Rose, R. chinensis.

Adam is the grandfather to the modern Hybrid Tea.

The Tea Rose is a delicate shrub, round and airy in growth habit. Although they are considered by many aficionados to have the most exquisite form and coloration in the rose world.

The problem which led to their lost popularity is that the blossoms are frail and very susceptible to damage from the weather. The years 1882 to 1910 were the great years of the Tea Rose, after which they quickly lost popularity to the more robust Hybrid Teas. Although yellow, pink and pale orange colors predominate. There were also whites and dark reds.

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