Rosa ‘Bettina’ (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Rosa ‘Bettina’ (Hybrid Tea Rose)

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Rosa ‘Bettina’ (Hybrid Tea Rose)

Tea roses and the later hybrid teas are derived from Rosa odorata, cultivated in China for centuries. In the wild it is found mostly in the subtropical zone. It is very fragrant and flowers almost continuously throughout the summer, which has made it of great interest to breeders. Systematic breeding was begun in 1838 and was based on crossing tea roses with remontant roses, which are probably derived from crosses between Rosa damascena and Rosa chinensis. Tea roses are distinguished by erect growth (some forms are even more than 1m (3 ft) high, and blossoms borne singly on strong terminal branches. The flower is composed of spirally curled petals; only rarely are the flowers single or semi-double and cup-shaped. The colour varies, ranging from white to blackish-red and from pink to glowing orange.

The hybrid tea ‘Bettina’ (Meilland 1953) is a slightly spreading shrub about 60cm (24 in) high with glossy green leaves. The flowers are orange, up to cm (3½ in) across, and usually there are two or more on a stem. This rose flowers repeatedly and is good for cutting; the blossoms usually last about a week in the vase. It can also be used for forcing in the greenhouse.

Hybrid tea roses are typical shrubs of smaller gardens. In parks they are planted together with other types of roses or in rosariums.

02. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Ornamental Shrubs, Plants & Trees | Tags: , | Comments Off on Rosa ‘Bettina’ (Hybrid Tea Rose)

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