Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Rosa ‘Smith's Yellow’

Tea rose, often classified as a Noisette.  A beautiful double yellow rose it was described as ‘a hybrid production, from the Noisette rose (‘Blush Noisette’), fertilized with the pollen of the yellow China Rose (‘Parke's Yellow China’).  It resembles the former in many respects, but is of much more vigorous growth, and the flowers much more copious, of a deeper yellow, and disposed, like the Noisette Rose, in corymbs.’  [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903)].



Horticultural & Botanical History

Bred by Smith of Coombe Wood in 1833.  Although sometimes classified as a Noisette, it is the first yellow Tea rose to be bred, and produces a typical Tea rose shrub.  In an article in The Gardeners’ Chronicle ‘Smith’s Yellow Noisette’ was described as a ‘splendid yellow, opens badly; when cut for nosegays the buds should be opened with the fingers or the breath; scent fine’.  [Gard. Chron. 1844].  Rosa indica var Smithii was figured in the Ornamental Flower Garden.  [OFG 1854].



History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.888/1850].  Obtained from Veitch’s Nursery in the same importation as ‘Narcisse’.  Believed to be new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].




Published Feb 11, 2010 - 03:09 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2011 - 05:23 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

  • Rosa indica var Smithii
  • Yellow Noisette


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa Smithii 



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