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English Rose, Austin Rose 'Bishop's Castle'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Bishop's Castle
Additional cultivar information:(aka AUSbecks)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 2007
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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Bloom Color:

Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

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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)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Eureka, California

San Francisco, California

Marietta, Georgia

Bartlett, Illinois

Edwardsville, Illinois

Farmersburg, Indiana

Frankfort, Kentucky

Columbus, Ohio

Wadsworth, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 25, 2016, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

This is a relatively easily rose to take care of. I got a bloom the first yr and not hard, the plant looks healthy so far. The other Austins that I have seems to get a lot of black spots such as Graham Thomas and Jude the Obscure which both got a disease early on in the Spring and pretty much completely naked without blooms which makes you want to yank the whole plant out and replace it with something better.
Bishops Castle has a sweet fragrance, the flower is cupped and open flat. Like most of his cabbage type roses they tend to be a tiny tight bud stage for a very longtime since I'm anxious for the first bloom, and they one day they you see some petals unfolding and at this stage you will want to enjoy it a little bid more but the next day the entire bloom is in full flush f... read more


On May 21, 2014, egcgardener from Edwardsville, IL wrote:

I have 3 of these beautiful plants. Mine are 4 years old.They get full sun and are covered with fragrant pink flowers throughout the summer and into fall. Their scent is wonderful. When taking a stem to bring inside, it's difficult to pick one because for every rose that has opened, there are 3 to 5 more buds on the stem waiting their turn. to open. I need to spray a fungicide every 6 weeks to keep black spot at bay but that's minor to enjoyment these roses bring.


On May 19, 2012, corik from Scarsdale New York,
United States wrote:

I have 4 of these lovely looking, lovely smelling roses for about 3 years. They get full sun. I wasn't quite sure how hard to prune these, so I pruned them back slightly the second year. They gave several nice blooms, but not as many as I had hoped. They remained very compact and get a lot of black spot if we get 2 consecutive days of rain in the summer.
Then, this fall, as I was backing out of my garage, I accidentally ran over a cane, yikes. I felt awful! Within a week this rose put out 3 new basal canes which are currently full of buds! So, as far as pruning goes, the harder the better with this rose...or you can just ride over it and it'll know you are serious about your flowers!


On Sep 20, 2008, zaheer from Bartlett, IL wrote:

I purchased twenty or so roses from Jackson Perkins in spring of 2008. All different varieties (i.e. floribundas, english roses, climbers etc). Of all the various roses, the ones that really stood out were Bishops Castle English Rose and Black Cherry Floribunda. The Bishop Castle is a show stopping rose. I planted it in May 2008 and by now it has grown to a stooping 3 ft and bloomed at least 3 times this season. The only problem has been with Japanese Beetles. They seem to be attracted to the fragrance of this rose. So - I end up using Bayers Direct insecticide which seems to provide some protection while the rose is in bloom.
It would be interesting to see if the plant survives this winter season. I plan on giving it some winter protection. If it does survive the winters, I will bu... read more


On Jul 9, 2008, stephaniefl from Frankfort, KY wrote:

This rose has been very easy for me to grow. It has tons of blooms and does not seem to need as much water as my other roses.