English Rose, Austin Rose 'Mary Rose'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mary Rose
Additional cultivar information:(aka AUSmary)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1983
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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)

Bloom Color:

Medium pink (mp)

Deep pink (dp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

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:

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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:

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Williford, Arkansas

San Jose, California

Marietta, Georgia

Elmhurst, Illinois

Flossmoor, Illinois

Hampton, Illinois

Lombard, Illinois

Palmyra, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Coushatta, Louisiana

Alfred, Maine

Litchfield, Maine

Beverly, Massachusetts

Upton, Massachusetts

Los Lunas, New Mexico

Bellmore, New York

Bronx, New York

East Bend, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Norman, Oklahoma

Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Charleston, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Chelan, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 30, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This hasn't been very floriferous for me, and the flowers do not last long.

This has been quite prone to blackspot here in Boston Z6a. It's required weekly fungicide treatment to keep it from defoliating.


On Oct 10, 2010, roseaholic from Williford, AR wrote:

I love my Mary Rose!!! I've only had her for 4 months, & she is already 5 1/2' tall!!! WOW!!! Not too crazy about her fragrance, but she is a beauty & a super fast grower, so I'll be keeping her around as long as she lives! Might even try to root some cuttings in a few weeks, so I can have another bush or two next year! :)


On Apr 21, 2009, zhenya from Los Lunas, NM (Zone 6b) wrote:

Probably one of the nicest and most unusual medium pinks that I have seen in a rose. A lovely ladylike scent of honey and almonds, too. Just a perfect pink, to me.


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

According to David Austin's 2009 Handbook of Roses, they named this rose after Henry VIII's flagship that was recovered from the sea after more than 400 years.


On May 31, 2008, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

It is extremely fragrant. Mine is only in its second season and it's shooting up like crazy. The blooms are the richest pastel pink, thick with petals. The fragrance is a sweet, classic tea.


On Apr 21, 2008, CCPikie from Elmhurst, IL wrote:

A great garden rose, cold hardy, vigorous, fragrant and attractive. I cover the base in winter with leaves, but the upper branches stay alive as well here in the Chicago area. There's some blackspot, and I spray with Funginex, and Japanese beetles do bother the flowers.
This is the easiest rose I've found to reproduce from cuttings. Just stick them into the ground with a little rooting powder in September, give some winter protection.


On Feb 21, 2007, yellowkid from castel sant'elia,
Italy wrote:

This plant is my favourite! It has a long flowering season ,it is hardy and healthy.The scent of flowers is delicious


On May 16, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I like this Austin rose, but it blows easily. It blooms quite a bit and needs some winter protection.


On Jul 25, 2004, evanpowens from Henrico, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grew David Austin's rose 'Mary Rose' in the Chicago suburbs (zone 5). I had no trouble with cold-hardiness at all. A beautiful rose; not good for cutting but lovely as a shrub.