Tea rose

Rosa 'Duchesse de Brabant'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of The Antique Rose Emporium
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Tea rose (Rosa 'Duchesse de Brabant')
ROE-sah
Synonyms:  R. 'Comtesse de Labarthe'
Genus:  Rosa
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 Characteristics:  Tea 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. 
Care:  Grow 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.
Propagation:  Take softwood cuttings when bloom initiates in spring to summer; take hardwood cuttings in fall.
Problems:  Aphids, 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.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Hedge,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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