Teas That Max Out at 7' in Width or Less?

ArbutusOmnedo 10/24April 27, 2014

I'm sure microclimate and the quality of the plant to begin with have impact on long term size, but what teas will generally max out around 6.5'-7' in width or less?

As a class that resents pruning, I don't want to force a tea into a slot by regular trimming once mature. I've heard Mrs. Melanie Willermoz is smaller. Safrano is often pictured as a more compact tea. Westside Road Cream Tea is reputedly smaller. Lady Hillingdon apparently can take mild pruning.

What are your experiences with the more modestly sized teas? I'm not looking for truly compact roses, but interested in knowing which teas are generally smaller than the 'B.R. Cant types.'

Perhaps it would also be worthwhile knowing which teas are more vertically inclined than spreading. Aside from the climbing teas that is. I understand that Rosette Delizy would fall in this group?

Coastal, mild zone 10 here. Thanks for your insights.


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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I'm sure some people on this forum can answer your questions (sorry, I can't), but let me suggest that you will get quicker and more answers if you ask these questions over on the Antique Rose Forum. : )


    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 11:30AM
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Mme Bravy is a small tea but probably available only as a band. Lady Hillingdon is smallish for me also. Hmm, what else...Catharine Mermet is not a huge tea, gets tallish but not that wide. My Souvenir de Pierre Notting is not huge, again, tall but fairly slender.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 2:00PM
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ingrid_vc so. CA zone 9

I think quite a number of teas can be kept between 6 and 7 feet once they're mature even if they have the capability to grow much larger. I cut mine back when they encroach too much on each other and it doesn't seem to hurt them a bit. You just have to be sure that they're 4-5 years old before you trim them. When they're young they need all the branches and leaves they can get. Later on they can withstand being cut back, which isn't really pruning, just a shortening of their width.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 8:50PM
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ArbutusOmnedo 10/24

Thanks for the answers so far. I thought I had posted it in the Antique Rose Forum, Kate, but I obviously didn't! I'll copy it over soon.


    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 12:23AM
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