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Park's Tea Scented China - China Rose

Park's Yellow Tea Scented China

China. Bred by in China in 1824.
Use:
 
Rounded
Color:
 
Primrose
Form:
 
Muddled
Fragrance:
 
Slight Tea
Remontance:
 
Some
Abundance:
 
Moderate
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 7 - 10
Height & Width:
 
5 ft x 3 ft
Recommendation:
 

Comments The original Park's Yellow Tea-Scented China was used in the production of a few early tea roses. A close relative or varietal of R gigantea, it was brought from China in 1824 and crossed with Blush Noisette. Safrano is one prominent product of that work. Jack Harkness in his book Roses quotes Hurst in asserting that it's been extinct since 1882.

There is, of course, a rose in commerce under this name. It has cream flowers and makes a large shrub provisioned with lots of foliage. It makes 4 inch flowers that are essentially white and is vigorous and disease resistant