English Rose, Austin Rose 'Heritage'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Heritage
Additional cultivar information:(aka AUSblush, Roberta)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1984
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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



Patent Information:


Other Details:

Stems are nearly thornless

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:

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


Phoenix, Arizona

Laguna Beach, California

Auburndale, Florida

Austell, Georgia

Dallas, Georgia

Norcross, Georgia

Grayslake, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Lombard, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Carmel, Indiana

Saint Marys, Kansas

Louisville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Alfred, Maine

Ellicott City, Maryland

Hagerstown, Maryland

South Easton, Massachusetts

Maplewood, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bronx, New York

Highland, New York

Wappingers Falls, New York

Pekin, North Dakota

Wadsworth, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Providence, Rhode Island

North Augusta, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Gilmer, Texas

Houston, Texas

Lorena, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Spring, Texas

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 27, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The "Heritage" roses I help care for in Providence, RI (Z6a) are floriferous. The 3.5" flowers are full, with up to 40 petals. Bloom slacks off in summer, after the June flush, with a big secondary flush in September.

Fragrance is good. The flowers are beautiful but do not last long enough to make good cut flowers.

However, they are not sprayed with fungicide, and black spot causes many of the leaves to drop for most of the season.

They are in full sun, spaced with good air circulation, and receive regular drip irrigation.

Their habit is very upright, reaching 6' tall. The canes have few prickles. They've been in place for at least 5 years.

This cultivar is on the list of top performers at the Peggy Rockefeller Ros... read more


On May 9, 2010, rabbitsdiner from Carmel, IN wrote:

My 'Heritage' roses have strong, healthy canes. Their beautiful blooms recur nicely all season, except for one of them, It's gotten so big. Lately it only blooms well in spring. I've done some rejuvenation pruning. We'll see if this brings her back to her lovely old self.


On Feb 19, 2009, Pianissimo from Maplewood, NJ wrote:

Thrives in central NJ (Zone 6) with minimal care; had mine for 7 years and it's going strong. Always has blooms from late May to October. Short vase life, but as a garden bush, one of my favorites.


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

A very healthy rose bush with little to no thorns. This is a perfect rose to place near a walkway without worrying its overreaching canes will scratch a passerby. The rose is a soft peachy pink color, but the blooms are short-lived, lasting on the plant for a day or two. I don't mind the few canes that are weighed down by the blooms since it softens the overall large bush and balances out those strong upright canes.


On Mar 16, 2008, LiliMerci from North of Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I agree with efbiosis, flowers tends to flop over because branches are skinny. Beautiful old fashioned roses


On May 28, 2007, efbiosis from Oakland, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Grows and blooms with gusto. The only downside is that the plants have weak stems and the flowers tend to flop.


On Jun 24, 2006, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

Probably one of the prettiest roses I have ever seen, but the blooms only seem to last for one day. :=(


On Jan 17, 2006, samting from Pekin, ND wrote:

Heritage has survived at least 5 of our z 3 winters--it dies to the ground and grows to about 3 1/2 feet by July and blooms beautifully. I do provide winter covering.


On May 7, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a lovely Austin rose with a great fragrance, beautiful bloom and it blooms all thru the season in my zone5 garden. I love the soft look of the blooms. It works great on an obelisk or trellis with a deep purple clematis.


On Jun 27, 2003, planter64 from Alexandria, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Registered with the International Registration Authority for Roses(IRAR) in 1985. Introduced into commerce in 1984.


On Jan 10, 2003, Kathkc from East Falmouth, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

ARS gives it a rating of 8.3 out of 10. I won an award at the local rose show for a bouquet of heritage in a globular crystal vase. The flower is a lovely shade of soft pink. In the NE along the coast, my bush grew to 5'.


On Jun 18, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have found this to be a very healthy and robust rose, flowering over a long period with exquisitely shaped, scented blooms.