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Rosa 'Lilian Austin'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lilian Austin
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUSli)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1973

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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Orange pink (op)

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:
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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 woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mesimarja On Mar 11, 2015, mesimarja from minneapolis, mn
United States wrote:

I live in Minneapolis, MN (Z 4) and have successfully grown this rose for 8 years. This really is a lovely 'relaxed' Austin rose; by relaxed I mean that the number of petals and looser more open petal arrangement mean the flower is held upright so it is always visible.

Positive JoannCooper On Feb 7, 2013, JoannCooper from Bluffton, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

The rose that Bloomer describes is not Lilian Austin. Lilian Austin has large, rich medium pink bloom with a warm tint and slight yellow glow at the heart of the bloom. Petals are beautifully ruffled. The shrub is full and robust, wider than tall - about 3 X 5 feet for me. Foliage is dense medium green and fairly disease resistant (spray or use a systemic). Lilian puts out flushes of bloom throughout the season that literally cover the plant. When in bloom, the weight of the flowers creates a lovely wide arching/weeping effect. Give the plant plenty of space to develope naturally. Very nice fragrance.. Even here in Z 8b, this plant will go dormant in winter. Plan for a large vacant spot once freezing temps arrive, but she leafs out early in spring and is so worth the space she needs. Not a good cut flower, blooms shatter quickly.

I grew this rose in Virginia and loved it. Just prior to moving to South Carolina, I discovered that one lower cane had rooted into the mulch at the base of the plant, so I removed the new plant and brought it with me. I have been amazed by the performance of this "own root" baby in my new garden. Despite great differences in climate and soil conditions, my "baby" Lilian is identical to the parent plant back in Virginia, just as healthy and robust as mama. I find most pink roses kind of ho-hum, but I will always find room for this one.

Positive Glenn3 On Jul 7, 2010, Glenn3 from Camden, ME wrote:

We love this rose. The color is striking, and although we protect it for the winter, it comes back with vigorous growth each spring.

Positive roybird On Jun 9, 2008, roybird from Santa Fe, NM wrote:

This rose is a prolific bloomer. It doesn't seem to be bothered at all by the hot, dry days and cool nights in our mountain region. It has remained fairly short, about 3 feet tall, but grows wider every year. One of my favorites.

Neutral butterqueen On Sep 10, 2005, butterqueen from Kernersville, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I believe the rose Bloomer is describing in the other comment is the Austin 'English Garden'

Neutral Bloomer On Apr 10, 2001, Bloomer from (Zone 9a) wrote:

Austin 1986 - 'Lilian Austin' x (seedling x 'Iceberg')

Dainty shrub to 3' tall. Rosette shaped flowers to about 3" across, with numerous small petals. Color is buff-yellow, paling toward the edges. Foliage is mid-green.

Blooms shatter rather quickly.


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

Calistoga, California
Coronado, California
Forest Falls, California
Camden, Maine
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bluffton, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee

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