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English Rose, Austin Rose
Rosa 'Comtes des Champagne'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Comtes des Champagne
Additional cultivar information:(aka AUSufo, Comtes de Champagne, Coniston)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 2001
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:

Deep yellow (dy)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Sacramento, California

Rhinebeck, New York

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 21, 2007, Nasturtium28 from Sacramento, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I do not know how well the Austin roses do in the hot summers of this area but I thought I would try. I put the plant in the ground some time in May, and it bloomed through October; it seems to be "done" now, and I am watching the hips. The plant grew well, remaining below 3 feet in height, but throwing some long, slightly arching stems that make a pleasing open shape in my small garden space. The first blooms were bleached, but eventually I got the pretty golden cups that smell wonderful. The plant has not gone through a winter yet, but the foliage has so far been vigorous and healthy. The blooms fade within a few days but the shrub is well-named, because the golden cups do bring to mind the color and form of champagne bubbles. So far, so good.