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Rosa 'A Shropshire Lad'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: A Shropshire Lad
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUSled)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1997

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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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)

Bloom Color:
Pink blend (pb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dovey On Apr 24, 2006, dovey from Columbus, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

The David Austin Rose "A Shropshire Lad" was named after a collection of poems by A.E. Housman.
The main theme of Housman's "A Shropshire Lad" is mortality, and living life to its fullest, since death can strike at any time.

It makes you wonder if Austin's choice of name, also had as profound a meaning.


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

Clovis, California
Oakland, California
Pasadena, California
San Francisco, California
Lombard, Illinois
Grants Pass, Oregon
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

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