English Rose, Austin Rose 'Tradescant'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tradescant
Additional cultivar information:(PP9009, aka AUSdir)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1994
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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:

Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Patent Information:

Patent expired

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:

Cloverdale, California

Sebastopol, California

Hampton, Illinois

Kannapolis, North Carolina

Gilmer, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Yakima, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 31, 2014, karemo from Melbourne,
Australia wrote:

I have had this rose growing as a short climber in two different gardens in Melbourne, AU (Zone 9b).

As other reviewers have noted - unpredictable habit and a bit floppy. Not that that is at all unusual for a DA rose.

I think it would work best with the canes pegged down (as DA recommends for a number of roses), but I don't have the space to do that - I've had it on a frame and, currently, it's free standing in a bed, it's new and yet to get big enough to need support.

I'm happy to wrangle it for the flowers - they are worth the effort! YMMV.


On May 20, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This rose is a prolific bloomer and always seems to have blooms and buds on it. It has a great strong rose fragrance and the color is rich and pretty. It's very winter-hardy in zone 5 and comes back with very little die-back. The only drawback is that it tends to have an erratic habit, with some of the canes getting really long and floppy.


On Jan 24, 2004, Pattyperennial from Yakima, WA wrote:

This is my favorite David Austin. It is very fragrant, disease resistant and blooms all summer.