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English Rose, Austin Rose
Rosa 'Fair Bianca'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fair Bianca
Additional cultivar information:(aka Fair Bianca, AUSca)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1982
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Bloom Color:

White (w)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Susceptible to black spot

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


San Anselmo, California

San Diego, California

Winchester, California

Hampton, Illinois

Los Lunas, New Mexico

Yukon, Oklahoma

Memphis, Tennessee

Renton, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 16, 2011, zarniwoopnu from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

Chrzanowski was exactly right in describing the fragrance. It's a strange, unusual mix of scents, but very pleasant. The color is a dazzling white, almost metallic.

I've had this in my garden for about 5-6 years now. I'm firmly in Zone 4, but have been able to keep this and a Charles Austin rose alive this whole time.


On Feb 23, 2008, Chrzanowski from Renton, WA wrote:

I ran it over with the lawnmower and it still came back! It's extremely intricate and old rose shaped in bloom form. the perfume is like fresh sweet licorice, lemon, with light rose essence and cold cream.
It gets shade and no watering or feeding except for mulch (and the cats offerings) and it's lived for years. More than ten.


On May 22, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a nice little Austin rose with a great fragrance. It is winter hardy in zone 5.