English Rose, Austin Rose 'The Prince'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: The Prince
Additional cultivar information:(PP8813, aka The Prince, AUSvelvet)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1990
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:

Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

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

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:

Tujunga, California

Lombard, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Phoenicia, New York

Eugene, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Yakima, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 17, 2008, gxiong from Knoxville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a slender, compact bush, growing only 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall. The blooms are about 3-4 inches wide and the color range from claret to burgundy. The blooms tend to burn under the sun. I've moved it under a shady area. So far no disease problems.


On Mar 25, 2007, mountaindog from Phoenicia, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

Only in its first year, this dark beauty has done surprisingly well next to the house here in zone 5a, while my other Austin Roses out in the beds have not been as vigorous. It probably likes the sheltered location, where it still gets plenty of sun. It bloomed right into late fall as well, which was unusually warm in 2006.


On Mar 25, 2007, sayma from Tujunga, CA wrote:

A beautiful dark red/purple rose with a fantastic fragrance. I have one on its own roots and it is only 3 feet tall.