How to Prune Medallion Hybrid Tea Rose Trees


The Medallion hybrid tea rose tree is a prolific hybrid rose with a soft apricot color. It is popular in the garden and for cutting. With proper pruning the Medallion hybrid tea rose will produce large blooms on long stems, perfect for arrangments and bouquets. It naturally grows upright, and with aggressive pruning and training, it grows in a tree form. With regular care, your medallion hybrid tea rose tree will grow and bloom well.

Step 1

Prune your medallion hybrid tea rose tree in the early spring, after the threat of frost has passed and just as the buds are beginning to swell.

Step 2

Remove dead and damaged wood. Remove canes that are black, shriveled, or appear diseased. Use clean pruning shears and cut on the diagonal about 1 inch below damaged areas and 1/4 inch above an outward facing bud.

Step 3

Remove canes that cross or grow toward the inside of the rose tree, and remove thin, weak branches.

Step 4

Choose healthy, well-spaced canes to form the flowering canes for this spring. Choose 3-5 canes for young medallion hybrid tea rose trees, and a few more for older rose trees. Cut these branches back to about 6 to 10 inches above the base of the crown of the tree.

Step 5

Remove remaining canes and suckers.

Step 6

Clean all leaves and stems from the center of the plant. Rake under the rose tree, removing all debris.

Step 7

Fertilize in a few weeks, when the roses begin to grow, with a high-nitrogen fertilizer or a formula for roses.

Tips and Warnings

  • All pruning cuts must be made above the graft at the top of the trunk. Never prune the upright trunk of a medallion hybrid tea rose tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Gloves
  • Rake
  • Fertilizer


  • AZ Cooperative Extension: Pruning Hedges & Roses
  • UNL Extension Horticulture: Pruning Hybrid Tea Roses
  • The Rose Bible, Rayford Reddell and Robert Galvean, 1998
Keywords: Medallion Hybrid Tea, rose trees, Prune

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Diane Watkins has been writing since 1984, with experience in newspaper, newsletter and Web content. She writes two electronic newsletters and has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Clemson University. She has taken graduate courses in biochemistry and education.