Rosa x odorata, the tea rose,
was brought to the West from
China in 1808.
It is closely related to the
China rose but
are distinguished because of their tea-like
fragrance and larger, white, pink and yellow
flowers. The advantage of these roses at the
time were that they bloom throughout the
summer and into the fall unlike most other
types that bloomed only in the early summer.
The down side of tea roses is that they are
not very hardy on their own rootstocks.