English Rose, Austin Rose 'Sharifa Asma'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sharifa Asma
Additional cultivar information:(PP8143, aka AUSreef, Sharifa)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1990
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)

Bloom Color:

Light pink (lp)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

Other Details:


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:


Desert View Highlands, California

Oakland, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Auburndale, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Hampton, Illinois

Lombard, Illinois

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Nichols, Iowa

Frederick, Maryland

Omaha, Nebraska

Pequannock, New Jersey

Columbus, Ohio

North Augusta, South Carolina

Joshua, Texas

Red Oak, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Montpelier, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 14, 2015, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

Sharifa Asma is especially lovely in the late spring and blooms in May in my Zone 7A, Petersburg, Virginia, garden. There is some repeat blooming, and if I were more faithful with epsom salts and other fertilizer, there would probably be more reblooming. She is subject to some black spot later on, and I rarely spray with fungicide. She has also sent out suckers, creating independently rooted plants. This is not so frequent as to be a problem, only a lovely surprise. Her fragrance is strong and delicious.


On Apr 22, 2012, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

parentage is 'Mary Rose' X 'Admired Miranda'


On Dec 2, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin,
New Zealand wrote:

Insanely beautiful rose, firmly in my top three ever as far as appearance goes.
Luscious blousy shell pink turning candy pink toward the peony style centre of the bloom. The scent is beyond fabulous, and lasts as long as the cut flower does without degrading into a greyish funk, unlike many tea roses. The sent is heady, musky, sweet and 'rosey' in the same way as attar, rosewater and the best essential oils smell of the flower itself.

Dark matte forest green foliage, 6 foot in my garden, with the blooms held on upright trusses quite high on the plant, giving it a slightly unusual stately air. Holds the buds firmly upright, unlike a lot of other David Austin roses that flop- one of their biggest drawbacks in my opinion.

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On Oct 23, 2009, Alaria from Rockport, MA wrote:

Probably my favorite rose. Lush, exotic, with an enchanting and unique fruity rose fragrance, very strong. The exquisite shade of pink is often touched at the base by a hint of yellow or pale apricot, giving it a subtle warmth. Large blooms, good rebloom, and very hardy here. A no-fuss rose, gracious and memorable.


On Nov 23, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

While it has only been in my garden less than 1 year, I think I can easily award it my "most favorite" award. Outstanding rose.


On Feb 20, 2006, Phrederica_VA from Montpelier, VA wrote:

Mine is growing in central Virginia in a fairly hot, sunny spot (full sun until 3:00 pm, then shade). It is growing wonderfully! And yes, incredible scent.


On May 1, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

A great little Austin rose. The fragrance is amazing.


On May 18, 2004, Dea from Frederick, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

The most highly scented and beautiful rose I have. Cannot tolerate hot, steady sun. Has taken 3 years to grow some shade plants around it, but definately worth it.


On Feb 23, 2004, rebeccasgarden from Duvall, WA (Zone 8B) wrote:

When I think of it I'll upload a picture of this outstanding beauty.

This is par-none - my absolute favorite rose of the 20 or so varieties I have in the garden and deserves a much better spot than where it's at.

It has gorgeous full blooms of pale pink with intense fragrance. A must have if you love the look of old fashioned roses.