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Rosa 'Golden Celebration'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Celebration
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUSgold)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1992

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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

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:
Deep yellow (dy)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew

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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5 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Tarragon On Dec 31, 2013, Tarragon from Beverly, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Planted this rose in 2010. It bloomed well but leaves were a mess with black spot, etc. Late-autumn, 2012, I dug it up and tossed it out because I felt it was too much maintenance for me.

I replaced this David Austin rose with two other English roses: 'Queen Nefertiti' and 'Pat Austin' - both gorgeous apricot coloring and less maintenance than 'Golden Celebration'.

I mail order my roses from High Country Roses (Denver, CO)
This company is a terrific source, having a large variety of roses.

Positive strawberryhill On Nov 16, 2011, strawberryhill from 5a, IL wrote:

Agree with Springlover from the last post regarding Golden Celebration's excellent performance. I mulched with horse manure and dusted with corn meal with zero blackspots as the result. It tolerates my alkaline soil at 7.7, but likes plenty of water.

Positive WMorgan On Aug 8, 2008, WMorgan from Medford, NJ wrote:

3 plants grew from 1 foot to 5 -6 feet tall in 3 months in their new home. Only a few buds so far, but I think next year will pay off.

Edit, May 2010: Plants are now two years old and full of blooms. Nice big flowers, but it does get blackspot at times. Last years very rainy seasons made it hard to keep up. I have not pruned and some limbs go over a 5 foot trellis and touch the ground. Still, I bought more for 3 plants on each side flanking two Heritage in the middle.

Positive boneyween On May 19, 2006, boneyween from Shawnee Mission, KS wrote:

If you're interested in trying an English Rose and like yellow roses, I highly recommend Golden Celebration, even more than the commonly-recommended Graham Thomas. GC blooms in clusters, like most English Roses, but the blooms are larger than most. My favorite thing about GC, however, is the scent. The blooms have a wonderfully strong, sweet, fruity fragrance that you are sure to love.

Positive punaheledp On Jul 5, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

just recently planted my bare root and it's budding leaves. Will see how it does here in zone 11.

9/24/04 - very pleased with all 3 Austin roses (from J&P) I planted. This one is a pretty warm gold in color and mine have had from 90-160 petals. Have noticed bugs seem to prefer English rose leaves over the floribundas and other shrub roses... I get little fragrance, which may be due to climate or garden conditions.

Positive springlover On May 8, 2004, springlover from Franklin, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I purchased this rose cheap, as it was in pretty bad shape at the time. It went in the "rose hospital" under quarentine, and I really forgot about it for a season!
Last year (2003), it grew to 8 feet, had geeee-or-jus blooms/scent!
This year I pegged it to a trellis about 6 feet away to expand the coverage and stimulate vertical growth along the canes.
Winter kill was minimal but did mound prime horse manure at the base and tied the canes together for winter protection.
Our Michigan winters have been long and hard for the past 2 years, and this plant has out-done all my other English roses except for St. Swithin!


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

Corte Madera, California
Forest Falls, California
Occidental, California
Orange, California
San Anselmo, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Sebastopol, California
Kailua, Hawaii
La Salle, Illinois
Lombard, Illinois
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Benton, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Beverly, Massachusetts
Franklin, Michigan
Kansas City, Missouri
Medford, New Jersey
Piscataway, New Jersey
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Roxboro, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
La Grande, Oregon
Charleston, South Carolina
Easley, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Gilmer, Texas
Paris, Texas
Charlottesville, Virginia
Snohomish, Washington

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