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English Rose, Austin Rose 'Spirit of Freedom'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Spirit of Freedom
Additional cultivar information:(PP14973; aka AUSbite)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 2003
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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)

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

Bloom Color:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Stems are nearly thornless

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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

Elk Grove, California

Denver, Colorado

Jacksonville, Florida

Lincoln, Nebraska

Bronx, New York

Yukon, Oklahoma

Amelia Court House, Virginia

Hurricane, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 21, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

2.75" flowers with up to 200 petals, with a very full, quartered, old-fashioned form.

This was listed as one of the top performers at the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden in the New York Botanical Garden, where no fungicides are used.

USD PP # 14,973

Parentage: seedling x AUScot


On Aug 28, 2009, greenthum3 from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

I've had this rose for 2 seasons now and have only seen a single rose from it. The growth is healthy but blooms are very few. The one rose we got from it was gorgeous and huge but haven't seen any new ones.
(update) 11/3/09 cut another rose from this one, very nice but just 1. I had forgotten how great the fragrance was. But the plant itself is doing very well.