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Tea rose

Rosa 'Duchesse de Brabant'

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This scented rose was reputed to be a favorite of Teddy Roosevelt. It has beautifully formed, double rosy-pink blossoms. It blooms all season long and grows to 5 feet high and wide.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsTea roses are old garden roses known for their repeating, semidouble or double, large flowers. Most exude a spicy fragrance. They are suitable for containers, mixed borders, and hedges. 

CareGrow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Teas prefer a sheltered location; provide good air circulation and remove fallen leaves to help prevent disease. Prune lightly or back by up to 1/3, reducing side shoots by 1/2 to 1/3. To renovate, prune one in four or five shoots from the base.

PropagationTake softwood cuttings when bloom initiates in spring to summer; take hardwood cuttings in fall.

ProblemsAphids, leafhoppers, spider mites, scale, caterpillars, sawfly larvae, cane borers, Japanese beetles, rose stem girders, rose midges, rose slugs, rose chafers, leaf-cutting bees, black spot, rust, powdery mildew, crown gall, canker, dieback, downy mildew, viruses.

  • Genus : Rosa
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Fruit
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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