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English Rose, Austin Rose 'James Galway'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: James Galway
Additional cultivar information:(PP13918; aka AUScrystal)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 2001
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Resistant to black spot

Resistant to mildew

Resistant to rust

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 Francisco, California

San Jose, California

Gardiner, Maine

Litchfield, Maine

Springfield, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 7, 2015, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I'm slowly warming to David Austin roses. I have the impression that they are poor performers and need too much TLC. Now I've several and some of them are easy to care for and have no disease. James Galway is one of them. The flower is wonderful what an English rose should be full of petals and have a nice fresh scent. Its a light tea scent not over whelming. Like some other DA roses the bloom only lasted briefly. The petals can't hold on, and a stingy, only give me a few flowers at a time. In the bud stage you can't tell that this will be a rather fluffy flatly open rose, but if you want to pick it for a vase, you have to pick it at the bud stage so you can enjoy it longer. Flower last ust around 5 days for my zone. I think Christopher Marlowe flower last the longest more then 2 ... read more


On Apr 2, 2011, fesch from Springfield, VA wrote:

Great rose, never gets disease even in Virginia's hot muggy summers. Grows very large. Beautiful pink flowers.


On Jul 6, 2010, Glenn3 from Camden, ME wrote:

Beautiful, but a stingy bloomer for us, and needs protection from the Maine winter.


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

According to David Austin's 2009 Handbook of Roses, they named this rose in honor of the famous musician, James Galway.


On Aug 27, 2004, Paulwhwest from Irving (Dallas area), TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bred and introduced in England.

Seed: AUSblush
Pollen: Seedling