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Rosa 'William Shakespeare 2000'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: William Shakespeare 2000
Additional cultivar information: (PP13993; aka AUSromeo, William Shakespeare 2000)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2000

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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)

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 red (mr)

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
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

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative sunny318 On Jul 30, 2012, sunny318 from Monroe, LA wrote:

This is my only David Austin rose, and it has been a disappointment. Yes, in its favor, it has survived the intense heat and drought we've had these past two years in northeastern Louisiana. And yes, the blooms are beautiful (although relatively small) and intensely fragrant. But it is wimpy! I doubt it has grown even a foot in the 5 years since I planted it. It has a tendency towards black spot. And worst of all, the stems are not sturdy enough to hold up the blooms. The flowers tend to end up facing downward on a limp stem, sometimes even on the ground. The Rio Samba hybrid tea planted very close to Wm. Shakespeare is flourishing, so I doubt the problems are environmental... unless it just doesn't like the Louisiana heat and humidity.

Positive JonSchneider On Jul 30, 2012, JonSchneider from Fleming Island, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

prolific plant with continuous blooms from March- December or first frost.

Positive strawberryhill On Nov 14, 2011, strawberryhill from 5a, IL wrote:

Agree with the description of needing more acidic soil. My soil is alkaline at 7.7 and I had to make it more acidic with peat moss, plus extra nitrogen via alfalfa meal in the planting hole - before William S. became dark green and vigorous.

The flower is smaller than I expect, but I'm pleased with the fragrance.

Positive heartopensky On May 29, 2011, heartopensky from Beacon, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is not a complete review, but I wanted to remark upon the following phenomenon!.

I purchased this shrub potted up from a reputable nursery in spring 2010 (grower was "Star Plants"; I write this in spring 2011).

I never planted it in 2010 (sheepish). I never watered it. It was in dappled shade under a tree the whole summer....and fall....and into our - barely! - zone 6 winter, SE exposure in all but sun the whole time....

Bottom line: it survived, I planted it, and it had, funnily enough, the first blossom of all of my six David Austins. It's struggling now (big surprise) but it is pretty amazing that it withstood that kind of abuse. Tough rose.

P.S. With the bloom fresh in my mind...gorgeous double old-rose flowers, deeply whorled center. about 3-3.5" in diameter. Color is not a true red (in the color-wheel sense), but rather a deep, not-bright magenta. The fragrance is very nice, traditional rose/a hint of hybid tea, but very soft, and tempered by an under-note of...myrrh? My three-year-old said, "it smells like raspberries!" Like wine...the initial scent gives way to a distinct under-note. Nice.


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

, (3 reports)
Phoenix, Arizona
San Jose, California
Cos Cob, Connecticut
Orange Park, Florida
Lombard, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Saint Marys, Kansas
Monroe, Louisiana
Wakefield, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Beacon, New York
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Yukon, Oklahoma
Dallas, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Dickinson, Texas
Joshua, Texas
Riverton, Utah
Bristow, Virginia

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