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Rosa 'Heritage'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Heritage
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUSblush, Roberta)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1984

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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Stems are nearly thornless

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

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10 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Sep 27, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The "Heritage" roses I help care for in Providence, RI (Z6a) are floriferous. The 3.5" flowers are full, with up to 40 petals. Bloom slacks off in summer, after the June flush, with a big secondary flush in September.

However, they are not sprayed with fungicide, and black spot largely defoliates them for most of the season.

They are in full sun, spaced with good air circulation, and receive regular drip irrigation.

Their habit is very upright, reaching 6' tall. The canes have few prickles. They've been in place for at least 5 years.

This cultivar is on the list of top performers at the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, where no fungicides are used.

The cultivar name is 'AUSblush'. "Heritage" is a proprietary trade name.

Parentage: seedling x Iceberg

Positive rabbitsdiner On May 9, 2010, rabbitsdiner from Carmel, IN wrote:

My 'Heritage' roses have strong, healthy canes. Their beautiful blooms recur nicely all season, except for one of them, It's gotten so big. Lately it only blooms well in spring. I've done some rejuvenation pruning. We'll see if this brings her back to her lovely old self.

Positive Pianissimo On Feb 19, 2009, Pianissimo from Maplewood, NJ wrote:

Thrives in central NJ (Zone 6) with minimal care; had mine for 7 years and it's going strong. Always has blooms from late May to October. Short vase life, but as a garden bush, one of my favorites.

Positive gxiong On Jun 17, 2008, gxiong from Knoxville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

A very healthy rose bush with little to no thorns. This is a perfect rose to place near a walkway without worrying its overreaching canes will scratch a passerby. The rose is a soft peachy pink color, but the blooms are short-lived, lasting on the plant for a day or two. I don't mind the few canes that are weighed down by the blooms since it softens the overall large bush and balances out those strong upright canes.

Positive LiliMerci On Mar 16, 2008, LiliMerci from North of Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I agree with efbiosis, flowers tends to flop over because branches are skinny. Beautiful old fashioned roses

Neutral efbiosis On May 28, 2007, efbiosis from Oakland, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grows and blooms with gusto. The only downside is that the plants have weak stems and the flowers tend to flop.

Neutral chicochi3 On Jun 24, 2006, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

Probably one of the prettiest roses I have ever seen, but the blooms only seem to last for one day. :=(

Positive samting On Jan 17, 2006, samting from Pekin, ND wrote:

Heritage has survived at least 5 of our z 3 winters--it dies to the ground and grows to about 3 1/2 feet by July and blooms beautifully. I do provide winter covering.

Positive Gindee77 On May 7, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a lovely Austin rose with a great fragrance, beautiful bloom and it blooms all thru the season in my zone5 garden. I love the soft look of the blooms. It works great on an obelisk or trellis with a deep purple clematis.

Positive planter64 On Jun 27, 2003, planter64 from Alexandria, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Registered with the International Registration Authority for Roses(IRAR) in 1985. Introduced into commerce in 1984.

Positive Kathkc On Jan 10, 2003, Kathkc from East Falmouth, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

ARS gives it a rating of 8.3 out of 10. I won an award at the local rose show for a bouquet of heritage in a globular crystal vase. The flower is a lovely shade of soft pink. In the NE along the coast, my bush grew to 5'.

Positive philomel On Jun 18, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have found this to be a very healthy and robust rose, flowering over a long period with exquisitely shaped, scented blooms.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Laguna Beach, California
Auburndale, Florida
Austell, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Norcross, Georgia
Grayslake, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Lombard, Illinois
Carmel, Indiana
Saint Marys, Kansas
Louisville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Alfred, Maine
Ellicott City, Maryland
Hagerstown, Maryland
South Easton, Massachusetts
Maplewood, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bronx, New York
Highland, New York
Wappingers Falls, New York
Pekin, North Dakota
Wadsworth, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Providence, Rhode Island
North Augusta, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Gilmer, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lorena, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Spring, Texas
Vancouver, Washington

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