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"Tamalpais Homestead Tea" rose Description
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Photo courtesy of Cass's Garden With Roses
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
13 favorite votes.  
Origin:
Discovered by Cassandra Bernstein (circa 2004).
Class:
Unknown, Found Rose, Hybrid Tea, Tea.  
Bloom:
Blush to seashell-pink, apricot shading.  Moderate, tea fragrance.  Average diameter 3.75".  Medium-large, very full (41+ petals), cluster-flowered, expanded , flat, nodding or "weak neck", old-fashioned, reflexed bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Medium, ovoid, wide oval buds.  
Habit:
Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, spreading, upright, well-branched.  Large, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.  
Height of 5' to 7' (150 to 215 cm).  Width of 6' to 12' (185 to 365 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 6b through 9b (default).  Blooms tend to ball in wet weather.  prefers cool sites..  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood..  Feed this rose well.  Prune dead wood.  
Notes:
Two very old roses reside on the fenceline of an abandoned house in Mill Valley, California. Most homes on the street date from the 1930's, but this wood frame house was built in 1906. The high school across the street was built in 1908. 'Lady Hillingdon' is on the property as well as a Manetti, 'Perle d'Or,' 'Duchesse de Brabant,' and possibly 'Russelliana.' The roses are about 7 feet tall and consist of a single, very thick, barky basal, although one of the two plants is 10 to 12 feet wide and was grown on a support.

Suggested identifications for "Tamalpais Homestead Tea" have been:
'Adam' - doubtful, since the large, dilated prickles of THT look like late tea or early hybrid tea to me, whereas the rose in commerce as 'Adam' has no prickles and appears identical to 'Mme. BĂ©rard!'). 'Adam's buds aren't identical, either, with its few wild fringes.
'William R. Smith' - maybe not, since the blooms of WRS look so much like 'Maman Cochet,' with a muddled center)
'Baronne Henriette de Snoy'- doesn't resemble either of the plants I grow under this name.

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