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Rosa 'Winchester Cathedral'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Winchester Cathedral
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUScat, White Mary Rose, Winchester Cathedral)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1988

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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

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

Bloom Color:
White (w)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
Stems are moderately thorny

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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive stephaniefl On Jul 10, 2008, stephaniefl from Frankfort, KY wrote:

This rose is easily grown from cuttings. I did have to cut all of mine back this year to get rid of black spot.

Positive Gindee77 On May 20, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a nice sized rose bush and it blooms continually until frost. It's winter hardy and fairly disease resistant. The buds sometimes look pink and the blooms are fresh white with a nice light fragrance.

Positive llebpmac_bob On Jun 30, 2004, llebpmac_bob from Zephyr
Canada wrote:

Much darker than the photo listed- a typical old rose pink-in my garden. Blooms quite heavily for a recurrant rose.
Not subject to black spot so far after several years.
In 4a, like most of the Austin roses I've tried it dies back to the edge of snow cover. Fortunately we have about four feet of snow over the bed it's in most years.

Neutral lantana On Mar 28, 2001, lantana from (Zone 7a) wrote:

A soft white rose sometimes tinged with pink. Will sometimes display its "Mary" rose ancestry with a single pink bloom.

Named to benefit the Winchester Cathedral Trust.

Introduced in 1988. Grows 5' tall, 5' wide. Very hardy and disease resistant.


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

Golden Lake,
San Leandro, California
Yulee, Florida
Hampton, Illinois
Frankfort, Kentucky
Alfred, Maine
Camden, Maine
Concord, Massachusetts
Yonkers, New York
Columbus, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina
Sammamish, Washington
White Center, Washington
Hurricane, West Virginia

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