English Rose, Austin Rose 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Additional cultivar information:(aka AUSmove)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1998
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


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:

Dark red (dr)

Bloom Shape:




Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Trained to climb

Patent Information:


Other Details:

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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:


Grayslake, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Orwell, Vermont

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 4, 2015, janevstevens from Rocky Mount, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of my first English rose orders from David Austin
and my favorite. Very vigorous and disease resistant. First bloom today and the Bush is covered in buds. I planted a year ago in a mostly sunny sandy loam. A little cow manure was the only additive. Far and away more successful than the hybrid teas or grandifloras in our area.


On Feb 6, 2009, Seandor from Springfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

ABSOLUTELY amazing!!!! last June was the first blossoms - the entire plant was a cascade of bright magenta pink!


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 the character from Thomas Hardy's novel.


On May 30, 2005, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Tess Of the d'Urbervilles is my only Austin. I purchased it for my zone 5a garden from White Flower Farm last year. It is amazing. It was problem free from the time I put it in, which was April of 2004. The growth on it is definitely robust. When Austin states in his catalog that it is 4 feet by 3.5 feet or 6 to 8 feet as a climber, he should really emphasize the latter. One stem is over 8 feet, several are about 4 feet, and smaller stems are coming from the base, at least three feet in front of the main stems. I had to install a small trellis to restrain the tall stem. The smaller, as well as the larger stems have flowers appearing in small clusters at the end of the stems, and all of the stems, of whatever weight, bend forward and therefore require discreet staking.

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