Floribunda vs Hybrid Tea Roses, Main Differences, Best Uses

If you’re trying to decide between floribunda vs hybrid tea roses, there are a few key differences to keep in mind.

We’ll go through the differences here, but first of all, let’s get a quick summary.

Hybrid tea roses are large-flowered roses that have up to three flushes between summer and late fall. They mostly have just one flower per stem. Floribundas are cluster roses, shorter, bushier, and containing numerous flowers per stem, repeating blooms from summer to late fall.

This is great, but you might be wondering what the features of each are and which to choose. So first we’ll outline the features of each and then move on to their best uses and which one might suit your garden.

Floribunda vs Hybrid tea roses – Main differences

In general, floribunda roses are more compact and bushy than hybrid teas, with shorter stems and blooms that appear in clusters.

Hybrid teas, on the other hand, have taller, single stems that support large, single blooms.

Additionally, floribundas typically bloom more than once per season, while hybrid teas generally only bloom once or twice.

floribunda vs hybrid tea roses - differences

Floribundas are generally more disease-resistant than hybrid teas. This makes them a good choice for gardeners who don’t want to spend a lot of time caring for their roses.

Hybrid teas, on the other hand, are generally more fragrant than floribundas.

This makes them a good choice for rose growers who want to enjoy the fragrance of their roses.

Finally, floribundas often have a more informal appearance, while hybrid teas are generally more formal and structured.

Floribunda vs Hybrid Tea Roses

Now that we know some basics, let’s take a more detailed look at the key difference between floribunda and tea roses.

Size and Shape

The size and shape will likely be obvious when you first see a floribunda rose compared to a hybrid tea rose.

The floribunda is a bushier plant that typically has a more rounded shape, while the hybrid tea is more erect with a longer stem. This difference in size and shape is due to the way each rose is bred.

The floribunda is a cross between a hybrid tea and a polyantha rose, which is a small, very dense bush rose. The hybrid tea, on the other hand, is a cross between a tea rose and a European wild rose.

Here’s a quick outline of the origins when looking at floribunda vs hybrid tea roses.


The flowers of the floribunda and hybrid tea roses are also quite different.

The floribunda typically has clusters of 2-5 blooms per stem, while the hybrid tea usually only has a single bloom. The floribunda blooms are also generally smaller than those of the hybrid tea.

However, the hybrid tea rose is known for its long-lasting flowers, while the floribunda’s blooms tend to fade more quickly.

Number of petals

The floribunda rose generally has more petals than the hybrid tea. This is one of the most noticeable differences between the two types of roses. The floribunda’s blooms are often full and lush, while the hybrid tea’s blooms are more streamlined.


The floribunda and hybrid tea roses also have different foliage.

The floribunda typically has dark green, glossy leaves, while the hybrid tea’s leaves are more of a muted green. The floribunda’s leaves are also generally smaller than those of the hybrid tea.


When it comes to height, floribunda roses are typically shorter than hybrid tea roses. Hybrid tea roses can grow to be up to six or seven feet tall, while floribunda roses are usually only three to four feet high. But some varieties can be much taller.

red floribunda rose bush
red floribunda rose bush


There is also some difference in color between floribunda roses and hybrid tea roses.

The floribunda rose often has blooms that come in a wider range of colors than the hybrid tea and the tones are often softer and more muted.

But the hybrid tea does come in various colors, such as red, pink, white, and yellow.

Discover all the meanings behind yellow roses here. or the meaning of white roses,


Another difference between floribunda roses and hybrid tea roses is the way they bloom. The floribunda rose blooms in clusters, while the hybrid tea rose blooms individually.

The floribunda rose also blooms more frequently than the hybrid tea rose. Hybrid tea roses typically bloom twice a year, sometimes three times per year. While floribunda roses can bloom up to six times a year.


When it comes to hardiness, floribunda roses are more resistant to disease than hybrid tea roses. Hybrid tea roses are more susceptible to things like blackspot and mildew.

This is partly why growing hybrid tea roses can require more nurturing and can be more of a challenge.


When it comes to floribunda and hybrid tea roses pruning, floribunda roses should be pruned in the early spring, while hybrid tea roses should be pruned in the late winter.

For me, there’s nothing wrong with light pruning and deadheading at any time of year. But generally speaking, when it comes to hard pruning, floribunda roses require less than hybrid tea roses.

floribunda roses
floribunda roses

Sunshine requirements

Floribunda roses need at least six hours of sunlight per day, while hybrid tea roses only need four to five hours of sunlight. Mainly as floribunda roses can tolerate partial shade better than hybrid tea roses.

Roses in general, though, can all benefit from periods of mild shade during the day as respite. But for most roses, 6 hours of sunlight is sufficient …and at least 4 where possible.

Here’s more information on how much sunshine roses need.

Temperature needs

Both floribunda and hybrid tea roses need temperatures that are cool in the spring and fall and warm in the summer. They can tolerate some degree of frost.

Water needs

Floribunda roses are more drought tolerant than hybrid tea roses. Hybrid tea roses require regular watering, especially during periods of heat and drought.

Soil needs

Both floribunda and hybrid tea roses need soil that is well-drained and nutrient-rich. They also both benefit from being planted in raised beds. Loam-based soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5 is ideal.

Learn more in my article on the subject of getting the best loam soil for your roses.

soil for roses

Fertilizer needs

Both floribunda and hybrid tea roses benefit from being fertilized regularly. However, floribunda roses are more tolerant of fewer soil nutrients than hybrid tea roses.

Pest and disease resistance

You’re probably seeing a picture here to do with tolerance, and when it comes to pests and diseases it’s no different. Generally, floribunda roses are more resistant to pests and diseases than hybrid tea roses.

To mitigate pests and diseases further, you should look at my list of rose companion plants to choose ones that suit your needs.


The main consideration when planting floribunda roses is to make sure they have plenty of space. They can get very big, and you don’t want to have to move them later.

Hybrid tea roses, on the other hand, are typically grafted onto a different rootstock. This means that the plant will only grow to a certain size.

Floribunda vs Hybrid tea roses – Summary information

Here’s a graphic that summarizes each of these two rose types.

Floribunda information
all types of roses - hybrid tea roses info
Hybrid Tea information

Explore more about the categories of roses here. Or find more information about types of roses here.

Now that we know the key differences, let’s explore the best uses for each type of rose – based on what you want to achieve.

Floribunda vs Hybrid Tea Roses – Which to choose

So, which is right for you? It all depends on your personal preferences and what you’re looking to achieve in your garden!

  • Floribundas are better for mass plantings and hedges, while hybrid teas are more commonly used as specimen plants or in bouquets.
  • If you’re looking for a more compact rose that doesn’t need as much care, then floribunda is probably the best option.
  • Floribunda roses are best used as accents or in mass plantings, while hybrid tea roses are better suited as specimen plants or in bouquets.
  • For a slightly more challenging yet striking rose, then the hybrid tea rose is a perfect way to go.
  • If you have a very formal or manicured-looking garden, then a hybrid tea is only going to bring the whole effect up a level. Floribundas can be great when used in a more casual setting.
  • For those aiming for bouquets and cuttings for vases, then hybrid tea is commonly grown for this purpose.
hybrid tea cut roses

Examples to try:

Looking to try one of these types? Here are a couple of options that I’d recommend.

floribunda - julia child rose


This is one that most people would consider to be a classic floribunda

Julia Child Rose

  • Grows to around 3 feet tall
  • Mild yellow color
  • Repeat blooms throughout the season
  • Ideal from growing zone 5b
  • Has a licorice scent to it

Check availability for this rose

Hybrid Tea Rose

I selected this as it’s pretty easy to grow, and quite hardy

True Passion™ Rose

  • Grows to around 3 to 4 feet tall
  • Gorgeous orange-red color
  • Easy to grow
  • Ideal from growing zones 5 – 9
  • It does however have little scent

Check availability for this rose


Floribunda vs Hybrid Tea Roses ~ More roses help 🌹

When it comes to deciding which type of rose to grow, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Both hybrid tea and floribunda roses are beautiful and will add a touch of elegance to any garden. Floribunda vs hybrid tea roses – hopefully, you can now decide!

Rose help doesn’t stop there, be sure to check out my other rose articles for more help!

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Hi, I’m Michael. My passion for roses was sparked a few years ago after visiting a dedicated community rose garden. So Rosehow.com represents my take, my learnings, and my help for anyone looking to grow, be proud of, and harvest roses.