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La France - Hybrid Tea Rose

La France

Hybrid Tea. Bred by Guillot in France in 1867.
Rose Photo
Border, Shrub
Bloom Size:
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 6 - 10
Height & Width:
4 ft x 3 ft

Comments This was the original hybrid tea rose. It develops a high-centered bud, but opens into a beautiful muddled flower of Old Rose form in an old rose color, pink. It grows satisfactorily in zone 6. La France would make a very nice border plant or shrub.

BTW: The date of birth of this rose is used by some rosarians to mark the end of Old Roses and the dawn of Modern Roses. But there is a touch of the tea rose's shrubby nature to La France which is totally absent from most of the hybrid teas that were raised toward the middle of the twentieth century.

Claire Martin proposes that we change the delineation between old roses and modern roses to coincide with the introduction of the first pernetiana which brought bright red and orange colors to roses as well as blackspot. As I look at the reflexed petals on the blossoms of La France I am inclined to agree. I suspect that in another generation there will be a new impulse to move the boundary. In anticipation of that I suggest that any rose that is in distribution on two continents and that has survived at least fifty years past the expiration of its patent protection is an old garden rose. This would allow us to include among our most cherished old roses some of Wilhelm Kordes' roses such as Alchymist which really does possess an old rose sensibility