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PlantFiles: English Rose, Austin Rose
Rosa 'Sharifa Asma'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sharifa Asma
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUSreef, Sharifa)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1989

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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
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:
Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:

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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8 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BajaBlue On Apr 22, 2012, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

parentage is 'Mary Rose' X 'Admired Miranda'

Positive baiissatva On Dec 2, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Insanely beautiful rose, firmly in my top three ever as far as appearance goes.
Luscious blousy shell pink turning candy pink toward the peony style centre of the bloom. The scent is beyond fabulous, and lasts as long as the cut flower does without degrading into a greyish funk, unlike many tea roses. The sent is heady, musky, sweet and 'rosey' in the same way as attar, rosewater and the best essential oils smell of the flower itself.

Dark matte forest green foliage, 6 foot in my garden, with the blooms held on upright trusses quite high on the plant, giving it a slightly unusual stately air. Holds the buds firmly upright, unlike a lot of other David Austin roses that flop- one of their biggest drawbacks in my opinion.

If you only have room for a few roses, this has got to be one of them, IF you are prepared for a caveat or two, as I have discovered.

While my blooms don't 'ball' in wet weather as many older varieties love to do, they do get 'brown streak', which is perhaps an even more irritating condition that runs through petals from the base and ruins the bloom, causing it to disintegrate just when you think you're getting a wonderful show. It only happens when the cold/wet snap is timed right, but as well all know, this happens all too often! So I would call S Asma a weather-diva.

It's very upright (for me) shape can be a pain when trying to put it with other roses, as it's quite unique and can make it hard to partner. Small complaints, really, but worth considering.

Positive Alaria On Oct 23, 2009, Alaria from Rockport, MA wrote:

Probably my favorite rose. Lush, exotic, with an enchanting and unique fruity rose fragrance, very strong. The exquisite shade of pink is often touched at the base by a hint of yellow or pale apricot, giving it a subtle warmth. Large blooms, good rebloom, and very hardy here. A no-fuss rose, gracious and memorable.

Positive vossner On Nov 23, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

While it has only been in my garden less than 1 year, I think I can easily award it my "most favorite" award. Outstanding rose.

Positive Phrederica_VA On Feb 20, 2006, Phrederica_VA from Montpelier, VA wrote:

Mine is growing in central Virginia in a fairly hot, sunny spot (full sun until 3:00 pm, then shade). It is growing wonderfully! And yes, incredible scent.

Positive Gindee77 On May 1, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

A great little Austin rose. The fragrance is amazing.

Positive Dea On May 18, 2004, Dea from Frederick, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

The most highly scented and beautiful rose I have. Cannot tolerate hot, steady sun. Has taken 3 years to grow some shade plants around it, but definately worth it.

Positive rebeccasgarden On Feb 23, 2004, rebeccasgarden from Duvall, WA (Zone 8B) wrote:

When I think of it I'll upload a picture of this outstanding beauty.

This is par-none - my absolute favorite rose of the 20 or so varieties I have in the garden and deserves a much better spot than where it's at.

It has gorgeous full blooms of pale pink with intense fragrance. A must have if you love the look of old fashioned roses.


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

Desert View Highlands, California
Oakland, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Auburndale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Hampton, Illinois
Lombard, Illinois
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Nichols, Iowa
Frederick, Maryland
Omaha, Nebraska
Pequannock, New Jersey
Columbus, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina
Joshua, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Montpelier, Virginia
Olympia, Washington

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