Tea Clipper®

Type: David Austin

The rich apricot 3 1/2" flowers (petals 100) are particularly wide, informally rosette-shaped and quartered, each having a button eye and a lovely mix of fruity/citrus fragrance. Large bushy repeat blooming shrub with few thorns.

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Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score No
Bloom Type Quartered
Breeder Code AUSrover
Characteristics Breeder, Fragrance
Specific Color Rich apricot
Country of Origin England
Fragrance Very Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # 18699
Rebloom Repeat Blooming
Shade Tolerant No
Approximate Size 4' X 3'
Year 2006


Customer Reviews (4)

Excellent color, with faint fragranceReview by rose fanatic
I am surprised by the one star review. I got my Tea Clipper from a hardware store a couple of years ago, also fallen in love with the picture. It did not disappoint me. The blooms are gorgeous, and I clearly see that after two years, it really flourished into a vigorous bush with many many blossoms. The color is a beautiful soft apricot which turns pinkish and then, in the sun, turns white. When it stays on the bush for too long, it does turn into grayish, which is unattractive. I snip it off at that point. Beautiful rose (Posted on 5/9/2017)
Don't buy this rose!Review by Eliza
I have just read the two 5 star ratings and am incredulous! I have been growing roses for 38 years and currently have 44 in my garden. Soon I'll have 43, because Tea Clipper is going out on the street. I bought it last spring after falling in love with photographs, and it never bloomed even once - never even had a bud! All it did was grow like a crazy weed. I had to put it in a tomato cage because it's spindly weak branches were falling all over the place. It had no strong canes at all. It was fed, sprayed and watered along with all my other roses, which performed beautifully as usual, so there is no reason for it to have failed so completely. It's a poor excuse for a rosebush, so don't waste your money on it unless you're looking to buy rose foliage. (Posted on 11/12/2016)
True Garden Treasure~Review by Stuart & Penny
The magnificent Tea Clipper Rose is a treasure for every rose lover. She is magnificent in every aspect. Tea Clipper has glorious blooms, each in various stages of bloom, producing it's own bouquet right on the vine. It gives great opportunities for cut blooms as well. The color of the blooms range from a soft pastel orange and melds into a deep but gentle orange, never garish. Tea Clipper has a gentle, pleasing fragrance too. Her canes are mighty and she flourishes so quickly that she could be termed a rambler. I prune mine frequently lest she lose her stately appearance because the weight of her rapid growth cause her beautiful canes to break. I stake and tie my lady to prevent breakage.
Tea Clipper is a very hardy rose, resistant to disease, and she is the first and the last to grant her beautiful blooms. However, beautiful and magnificent though she may be, a word of caution is in order because she guards her bounty with equally magnificent thorns hidden behind lovely dark green foliage.
I love this rose, it is beautiful and pleasing to the eye and I can not imagine my garden without it . It is so beautiful that if I had to choose one rose above all others, it would be the magnificent and glorious Tea Clipper~*~ (Posted on 3/19/2016)
Love this roseReview by Beckah
I purchased this rose last year. It bloomed right away and had great healthy growth. I had it planted next to another rose that had black spot and "Tea Clipper" actually remained clean until late fall and even then it was minimal. (Posted on 1/10/2014)

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