David Austin English Rose 'Christopher Marlowe'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Christopher Marlowe
Additional cultivar information:(PP14943; aka AUSjump)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 2003
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Bloom Color:

Orange and orange blend (ob)

Orange red (or)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Corte Madera, California

Lincoln, California

San Leandro, California

Clermont, Florida

Palmyra, Illinois

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Owensboro, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Kingston, New Hampshire

Beacon, New York

Fort Worth, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 27, 2011, heartopensky from Beacon, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Foliage is so glossy, it shines in the sunlight! Beautiful, very disease resistant; low incidence of aphids, and Japanese beetles leave it alone completely (however, there are other "sweeter" roses nearby, so...).

Mine is about 3' x 3', 2 years after planting, which is larger that it's stated mature size. Flowers like crazy. My only caveat would be that of my Austin roses, it's flowers are not super remarkable in shape, nor fragrance, and it's signature characteristic - changing color from salmon-red-to-pink is not as neat as I expected, for as the buds are the dark, beautiful color, they change to pink once open so fast that if you blink, you'll miss the transition. I had hoped the "medium" salmon-color would stick around longer.

All that said, though, on... read more


On Jun 7, 2009, Marisa_K from Lincoln, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have two of these and I love them. They generally stay compact -- I only get the occasional long cane. They take a short break from blooming in January and never lose all their leaves (I strip what I can but some of those suckers just hang on). Otherwise, they're literally covered with blooms all year. Real standouts. The blooms are borne in clusters, fairly large, cup-shaped, and shaded with raspberry pink, peach, and yellow.


On Nov 14, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

According to David Austin's 2009 Handbook of Roses, they named this rose was named for the well known playright who was a contemporary of William Shakespeare.


On Aug 10, 2008, dakotaroser from Kingston, NH wrote:

I bought this rose early summer and put it into a nice pot
a few feet off the ground. I really love the smokey colors
this takes on, when in full bloom it has so many shades of
each orange, salmon, pinks and a smokey faded inbetween of each color that is so nice. It has unusual form in that its habit wants to bend over as it grown, but off the ground it just looks great
a smaller 3 ft or so rose its perfect for a pot on a deck where it can be appreciated for its smell and color. I would like to
send a photo soon as its back in full bloom here in NH in
early Aug


On Jul 18, 2008, slrob from Fort Worth, TX wrote:

Tag listed as compact shrub but its the leggiest rose I own. I may eventually trellis it but it doesn't seem to mind leaning on brick wall or trailing on ground. Mine is more pink than orange possibly due to its eastern exposure. Lovely rose with high petal count.


On Nov 9, 2006, Redkarnelian from Newmarket, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Hardiness zone actually 4-11 (protection needed 4-6 in some areas).


On Nov 4, 2005, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my first year with this rose but he blooms constantly,a great rose.:-)