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Rosa 'Mary Rose'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mary Rose
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUSmary)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1983

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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)

Bloom Color:
Medium pink (mp)
Deep pink (dp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust
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

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive roseaholic On Oct 10, 2010, roseaholic from Williford, AR wrote:

I love my Mary Rose!!! I've only had her for 4 months, & she is already 5 1/2' tall!!! WOW!!! Not too crazy about her fragrance, but she is a beauty & a super fast grower, so I'll be keeping her around as long as she lives! Might even try to root some cuttings in a few weeks, so I can have another bush or two next year! :)

Positive zhenya On Apr 21, 2009, zhenya from Los Lunas, NM (Zone 6b) wrote:

Probably one of the nicest and most unusual medium pinks that I have seen in a rose. A lovely ladylike scent of honey and almonds, too. Just a perfect pink, to me.

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 Henry VIII's flagship that was recovered from the sea after more than 400 years.

Positive bungalow1056 On May 31, 2008, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

It is extremely fragrant. Mine is only in its second season and it's shooting up like crazy. The blooms are the richest pastel pink, thick with petals. The fragrance is a sweet, classic tea.

Positive CCPikie On Apr 21, 2008, CCPikie from Elmhurst, IL wrote:

A great garden rose, cold hardy, vigorous, fragrant and attractive. I cover the base in winter with leaves, but the upper branches stay alive as well here in the Chicago area. There's some blackspot, and I spray with Funginex, and Japanese beetles do bother the flowers.
This is the easiest rose I've found to reproduce from cuttings. Just stick them into the ground with a little rooting powder in September, give some winter protection.

Positive yellowkid On Feb 21, 2007, yellowkid from castel sant'elia
Italy wrote:

This plant is my favourite! It has a long flowering season ,it is hardy and healthy.The scent of flowers is delicious

Neutral Gindee77 On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like this Austin rose, but it blows easily. It blooms quite a bit and needs some winter protection.

Positive evanpowens On Jul 25, 2004, evanpowens from Princeton Junction, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I grew David Austin's rose 'Mary Rose' in the Chicago suburbs (zone 5). I had no trouble with cold-hardiness at all. A beautiful rose; not good for cutting but lovely as a shrub.


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

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Williford, Arkansas
San Jose, California
Marietta, Georgia
Elmhurst, Illinois
Flossmoor, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Lombard, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Alfred, Maine
Litchfield, Maine
Beverly, Massachusetts
Upton, Massachusetts
Los Lunas, New Mexico
Bellmore, New York
Bronx, New York
East Bend, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Norman, Oklahoma
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Charleston, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Chelan, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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