Teas

top: Lady Hillingdon, Monsieur Tillier, Westside Road Cream Tea
above: Marie d’Orleans, Thomasville Old Gold, Creekside Manor Tea

Teas are generally more robust roses in the same style as the Chinas. They are rarely out of flower here in California; a bonus is their beautiful wood and new growth, which comes in many subtle shades from plum to bronze to chartreuse. The flowers are likewise an impressionist’s palette of tones, shades, and blends of cream, light yellow, every imaginable pink, copper, apricot, ivory. All are very, very fragrant, often with a scent some describe as that of fresh tea leaves. Teas and Chinas nod their flowers. This is a plus; a well-grown shrub of 5′ holds its flowers toward the onlooker, and takes its place gracefully in the garden. Teas are the roses to grow in California and in the South.

Teas Habit

Tea rose habits of growth vary consider-ably, though all share a similarity of foliage, the tendency to push new growth from every possible place and a desire to grow year round which they will do if the weather allows. We offer three types (left to right, above) to compare the habits of Teas.

We currently have no curator for the Teas. If you are interested in becoming one, please contact: curator@thefriendsofvintageroses.org.

  • (E.g., “Westside Road Cream Tea”) Those Teas that are generally small and spreading, with very twiggy stems and branches.
  • (E.g., Safrano) The classic Tea, whose growth is taller and more upright, but still rather light-caned and twiggy.
  • (E.g., Mrs. B. R. Cant) The robust, later Teas, which tend to produce many tall basal canes, beginning stout and then branching into twiggier wood above.