English Rose, Austin Rose, Large-flowered Climbing Rose 'Constance Spry'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Constance Spry
Additional cultivar information:(aka Constance Spry, AUSfirst, AUStance)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1961
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:



Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

Susceptible to mildew

Susceptible to rust

Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on old wood; prune after flowering

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:

Hampton, Illinois

Coushatta, Louisiana

Gardiner, Maine

Silver Spring, Maryland

Newton Highlands, Massachusetts

Freehold, New Jersey

Coos Bay, Oregon

Charleston, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Ashburn, Virginia

Falls Church, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 21, 2013, mangoe from Cloverly, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A once-bloomer with a distinctive scent and flower form on a big, graceful bush. It's pretty tolerant of neglect if you don't like having to spray. This was David Austin's first "English rose" introduction.


On Jun 6, 2011, smallville from Newton Highlands, MA wrote:

My Constance Spry is trained along a wooden fence about 4' high. She also ramps up over an old apple tree, but they don't bloom at the same time.

Right now, in early June, she is beginning to pop out. Her scent is usually noticeable if you get right up to one of the flowers at this point. By the time she is covered in blooms, it is more intense. Relatively disease free in spite of the fact that I would say she is only in partial sun. Hardly any black spot even in a humid stretch. Not strictly a landscape plant, there are medium sized stems to cut for bouquets.

I think I bought her from Roses of Yesterday and Today. Notice how I have personalized this plant? It's easy to do, and like a pet that just lives on and on she does, but in increasing vigor.

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On Jan 27, 2010, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Grows like a maniac. I got mine from Roses Unlimited a couple of years ago and so far no blackspot or mildew noticed. Wonderful fragrance, very thorny though.


On Feb 8, 2009, airline from Falls Church, VA wrote:

This rose was grown by cutting and only took 2 years to reach a height of 10 - 12 feet without pruning. The blooms are spectacular, very fragrant, and beautiful but only last for a couple of weeks. In Virginia (zone 7), it blooms once a year in late May in a sunny site. In the winter, red pips are formed and eaten by the cardinals. It is too large for my fenced-in townhouse patio garden and has thorny stems that reach over 12 feet long. It will look better if the stems are trained to grow on an arch or trellis in a large garden.


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

A vigorous grower. Make sure to allow it a lot of room. This rose tend to get black spot and mildew. I've tried spraying it right before leafing and has helped fight the problems this year. I've since sprayed it again in June after the blooms ended. So far so good. I wish this rose is a repeat bloomer. The blooms are large and gorgeous and covers much of the bush.