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English Rose, Austin Rose 'Charles Darwin'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Charles Darwin
Additional cultivar information:(PP13992, aka Charles Darwin, AUSpeet)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 2001
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Bloom Color:

Medium yellow (my)

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

Stems are moderately thorny

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Washington, Illinois

Albany, New York

Columbus, Ohio

Grants Pass, Oregon

Knoxville, Tennessee

Gilmer, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 12, 2010, manningsblush from Albany, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

From other forums, I see I'm not alone: Charles Darwin can be a very ugly rose. It does not hold its color (it was never bright yellow for me, as advertised), instead this year (second year) it's a dead chalky/dirty white, and the overtones of yellow look sooty. After rain, add to this a strange pink mottling all along the outer petals. The rose is packed with petals, and smells divine, but it's the ugliest thing I've ever seen, especially since I already have a beautiful Romantica white rose in the same bed. If you want a yellow rose, there are others (not necessarily English roses) that are (and will remain) truly yellow.


On Nov 14, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

According to David Austin's 2009 Handbook of Roses, they named this rose for Charles Darwin, the British naturalist.


On Jun 21, 2008, MiniPonyFarmer from Gilmer, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted Charles Darwin at the front of a mixed border beside Julia Childs. Charles blooms freely, with fully double cupped blooms that do last a long time. However, the blooms fade in the sun to white and sunburn easily. Additionally, he has grown quite big and sprawly having been in the ground only 6 months. He may be better off in the back of the border with some shade cover during the hottest parts of our East Texas days.


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

The blooms are large and have a beautiful yellow coloring that ranges from a buff yellow to apricot. The bush is strong and healthy with little signs of disease.