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English Rose, Austin Rose '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
Registered or introduced: 2001
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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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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


Florence, Alabama

Clovis, California

San Leandro, California

Washington, Illinois

Omaha, Nebraska

Joshua, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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 littl... read more


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.