Tea-Noisettes

William Allen Richardson, Ley’s Perpetual, Jaune Desprez

We take the liberty here of introducing a class that is widely recognized and understood, yet which fails to fit into any of the standard texts on roses, and has never officially been recognized by the American Rose Society. The original Noisette roses, originating in South Carolina in 1802, were derived from the Musk rose and exhibited the same shrubby, cluster-flowering, upright character of that old cultivar. These Noisettes were taken to France and crossed with Tea roses, which altered their character completely, creating a race of repeat-blooming climbing roses with large flowers in small clusters. In growth habit and flower form these have much affinity with climbing Tea roses. We feel that the gardener will come to a clearer understanding of them by seeing them separated out from the older group of Noisettes.

Habit

The Tea-Noisettes are perhaps the best group of repeat flowering climbing roses that can be grown, deriving their remontancy from the Musk Rose, their colors and scents from the Teas. We group them roughly by three habits (left to right, above).

  • (E.g., Crépuscule) The early hybrids that make long, light canes in abundance, all growth tending to end in flowers. [TN #1]
  • (E.g., Fellemberg) An odd miscellany of varieties that are more shrubby, resembling the Musks, but with larger, Tea-styled flowers. [TN #3]
  • (E.g., Gloire de Dijon) The later hybrids with heavier canes, often rising several feet from the bases. [TN #2]

Brackets refer to Explanatory Information page.
Alba roses original Vintage Garden pages: VCG_Tea-Noisettes.pdf

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