"Parks' Yellow Tea-scented China rose Description
Photo courtesy of Sandie Maclean
Bred by Unknown
Introduced in United Kingdom by Peter Beales Roses
in 1980 as '"Parks' Yellow Tea-scented China'.
Cream. Cream with palest flesh centers. Mild to strong, citrus, tea, opinions vary fragrance. 48 to 60 petals. Average diameter 4". Large, very full (41+ petals), cupped bloom form. Prolific, once-blooming spring or summer. Medium, long, pointed buds.
Tall, arching, armed with thorns / prickles, climbing. Semi-glossy, dark green foliage. 7 to 9 leaflets.
Height of 6' 7" to 16' 5" (200 to 500 cm).
USDA zone 6b and warmer. Can be used for landscape. Very vigorous. prefers warmer sites. Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant. Requires spring freeze protection (see glossary - Spring freeze protection) . Prune lightly or not at all. Resist the urge to prune this rose too heavily -- it doesn't like it!.
The rose in commerce as Parks' Yellow Tea-scented Rose pictured in digital images 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 and set hips. See descriptions in References. The rose presently in commerce under this name was put in commerce by Peter Beales. This rose has been exported by Beales to U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
A probable candidate for the rose in commerce is 'Fée Opale' from Bruant (1899), a seedling of 'Fortune's Double Yellow'. The almost simultaneous flowering, the very similar foliage, the vigorous growth as described in early descriptions of the former, underline this identification.
For information about Parks' Yellow Tea-Scented Rose, please see that rose.