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'Rosa indica var. ochroleuca Lindley' rose Description
'Parks' Yellow Tea-scented China' rose photo
Photo courtesy of José Rojas
HMF Ratings:
44 favorite votes.  
ARS:
Light yellow Tea.
Registration name: Parks' Yellow Tea-scented China
Origin:
Bred by Unknown Chinese Breeder(s) (China, before 1824).
Discovered by John Damper Parks (United Kingdom, 1824).
Class:
Tea.  
Bloom:
Light yellow.  Pale sulfur to straw yellow.  Mild, tea fragrance.  Average diameter 4".  Large, semi-double to double, cupped, globular bloom form.  Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.  Medium, long buds.  
Habit:
Short, well-branched.  Glossy foliage.  
Height of 39" to 4' 11" (100 to 150 cm).  
Growing:
USDA zone 7a and warmer.  Prefers warmer sites.  produces decorative hips.  
Breeder's notes:
The Commander, Captain Baker, had plants of the large Yellow China Rose, placed in the after cabin, which died in three weeks after we left Canton. I lost during the whole voyage only one out of four of this sort of Rose which were placed on deck. (see References - 1830).
Parentage:
Notes:
Please do not post photos of the rose in commerce as Parks' Yellow Tea-Scented on this page; instead, post them to the page of the Parks' Yellow Tea-Scented China (in commerce as).

According to Mr. George Gordon (1806-1879), Superintendent of the Gardens of the Horticultural Society at Chiswick near London, 'Rosa indica ochroleuca' was extinct before 1842. The Tea-scented Yellow China which was widely distributed was 'Rosa indica flavescens', a seedling of Hume's Blush.

The rose in commerce as Parks' Yellow Tea-scented Rose is almost surely not the original. It is likely that the original was lost over 100 years ago. The pale sulfur yellow original was a small shrub that rebloomed, set hips, and had only moderate Tea scent. See descriptions in References. The rose presently in commerce under this name, put in commerce by Peter Beales, is creamy white, once-blooming, strongly Tea-scented and does not set hips.

A new study from 2011 assigns the Name Rosa odorata var. pseudindica to 'Park's Yellow Tea.scented China', based on the original description by Lindley in 1820, i.e prior to the importation by John Parks and Robert Fortune, resp.. The description by Rehder in 1915 does not correlate with the "deep yellow" colour stated by Lindley.
 
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