Climbing Teas and Climbing Chinas
(White Maman Cochet shown)
In the heyday of the Teas their climbing sports were nearly as common as the Climbing Hybrid Tea sports are today. Climbing Tea roses continue to be prized by gardeners because they are fragrant, and because their habit of nodding blossoms (often criticized by those who show roses) casts the gaze of the flowers down from arbor or wall onto the human beholder. The climbing sports of China roses are rather rare in contrast. Only a handful survived to the present day. These are often less remontant than the climbing forms of Teas, and have a very wiry growth habit, sometimes sparse of foliage as with the beautiful climbing form of Cramoisi Supérieur.
We draw your attention to three simple variants of growth.
(E.g., Climbing Maman Cochet) Those Teas that produce an abundance of basal canes, with branching laterals on which bloom can be produced for many years. Included in this group are some rather vigorous climbers like Fortune’s Double Yellow.
(E. g., Climbing Devoniensis) More vigorous climbers whose canes are stouter and longer, and that tend to produce equally long and vigorous canes from near the ends of the basals, making massive climbers.
3. (E.g., Climbing Old Blush) Climbers with long, lithe canes in abundance, few but rather prickly thorns, and very short laterals bearing small clusters of flowers.