American Flower-garden Directory
(1832) Page(s) 183-184.
No. 8. Rosa odorata, or Tea-rose, celebrated in this country for its fragrance being similar to fine Hyson tea. It justly deserves preference of all China roses, for the delicacy of its flavour. The flowers are a cream coloured blush, the petals round and full, forming a very large rose; when full blown, it is pendulous. It will withstand the winter of the middle states with a little protection, such as straw, box, or barrel; requires very rich light soil.
Note: Hyson tea is referenced in the first stanza of "Xenophanes" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1847:
"By fate, not option, frugal Nature gave One scent to hyson and to wall-flower,
One sound to pine-groves and to waterfalls, One aspect to the desert and the lake."