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Rosa 'Alnwick Castle'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alnwick Castle
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUSgrab, The Alnwick Rose)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Bloom Color:
Pink blend (pb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive shopshops On Jan 4, 2012, shopshops from Joshua, TX wrote:

Another excellent rose from David Austin. Purchased this as a bare root rose and it took off and bloomed the same season.Have had lots of roses in the last growing season. This plant grows to 4 feet tall with a flush of fragrant roses.
So far no problems with black spot or rust. Survived the Texas drought in it's first year of planting. A very beautiful rose indeed!

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

My favorite flower shape of my eight English Roses. So beautiful, the cupped shape, and so consistent flower to flower. In addition, they never really get "too open" before they fade...incredible. The color is a pale, warm pink. Just a hint of warmth...just stunning with the bluish-green foliage.

The fragrance is also lovely. Not as good as 'Jude the Obscure', but then, what is? ;-) A close second. David Austin describes it as, "good Old Rose fragrance, with just a hint of raspberry." Yum.

Back to the foliage a moment... it is a true blue-green...insofar as Rosa foliage gets a blue undertone....just gorgeous.

Japanese beetles will go after it a bit, but not destroy it (I do have others to which they seem more inclined, so...); a little black spot and rust, but nothing at the level requiring spray/intervention. Keeps on quietly trucking. D.A. says it repeats "intermittently" which I have found to be true...but steadily is never without at least one flower, or several ripe buds.

Overall, due to it's reliable growth and perfect, lasting flowers - and wonderful fragrance! - it is my favorite David Austin Rose. If I had room for more, I'd put in a hedge of these - they are that stunningly beautiful.

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

According to David Austin's 2009 Handbook of Roses, they named this rose after the Alnwick Garden in the U.K.


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

Florence, Alabama
San Leandro, California
Omaha, Nebraska
Joshua, Texas

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