climbing tea. Introduced by Foster, UK 1838.
(climbing form, 1858.)
This was a chance discovery (seedling) by a Mr. Foster in Devonshire, England! As Peter Beales has suggested in his writings, this rose is best grown in a greenhouse, or a warm southern climate. Mine is in a greenhouse. I suspect that if this were more tolerant of cold climates, it would be one of the most popular of the old climbing Teas, as it is refined rose of great beauty.
The plant is a climbing rose of about 10 or 12 feet in height. The 4 inch soft cream colored blooms are produced repeatedly throughout the season, or continuously in the greenhouse. There are few thorns (although they are sharp and hooked!) and the foliage is a soft, matte green hue. It seems to be quite disease resistant, although mine has had some mildew late in the season.
merit rating: 7.9
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