Rose (Rosa 'Claire Austin') in the Roses Database

Alternative cultivar names:
'Claire Austin'
'AUSprior'

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Bloom shape: Cupped
Petal count: very full: 40+ petals
Rose bloom color: White and white blend
Extra Bloom Info: In small clusters
Rebloom: Good
Class: Shrub
Growth Habit: Medium, 3-4 feet, bushy
Fragrance: Strong
Hybridizer & year: David Austin, 2007
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 5 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Plant Spread: 2-3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Summer
Fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: Thorned

Clair Austin in its Fifth Season

Photo gallery:
Location: Prescott, AZDate: 2017-08-27Clair Austin in its Fifth Season
By Steve812
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Photo courtesy of Tasman Bay Roses
By Calif_Sue
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Location: Knoxville, TNDate: 2012-07-28
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Comments:
Posted by Steve812 (Prescott, AZ - Zone 7b) on Sep 10, 2017 6:09 PM

Growing in about five years to four and a half feet tall and about as wide, Claire Austin produces flowers about the size and shape of a smallish tangerine. The blossoms start out a pale lemon sherbet yellow that fairly quickly fades to white. Compared to, say, Rainbow Sorbet, the plant seems a little spare with its blossoms - both the number on the plant at once and the frequency with which they are borne through the year. On close inspection, I find that there is a special quality to them, a delicacy that is almost heart-rendingly beautiful. The plant is not so densely branched as a polyantha, but it is well branched enough to look good standing alone in the garden without lots of knee-high plants around it. It has a lovely open shrubby apearance.
As did Charlotte and The Poet's Wife, this rose developed some leaf yellowing that I presumed to be chlorosis in its early years. The problem killed Charlotte and TPW, but this season - with nothing but some foliar sprays that included a bit of iron - Claire Austin's leaves turned a darker shade of grassy green. Fans of really dark rose foliage tinged with gray, purple, or blue may be a little disappointed in the leaves, but the grassy green works pretty well with the flowers. I've observed no disease problems on Claire Austin. I suspect it might be happier in my zip code if it had a few hours of PM shade. I've been pleasantly surprised that the thrips aren't very drawn to the flowers. As of this writing, I cannot report detecting any remarkable fragrance.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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🌹SEPTEMBER 2017 Bloom and Chat 🌹 by IrisLilli Oct 2, 2017 8:45 AM 153
Rose vigor by Steve812 Aug 22, 2017 9:21 PM 65
✺ JULY 2017 Bloom and Chat ✺ by Calif_Sue Aug 6, 2017 12:24 AM 201
✺✺ May 2017 Bloom and Chat ✺✺ by Calif_Sue Jun 1, 2017 5:40 AM 412
Blackspot resistant rose by Halcyon Sep 24, 2017 9:36 AM 44
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May 2016 -- Photos and Chat by zuzu Jun 2, 2016 9:47 AM 366
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Which Austin roses perform best in the south? by gemini_sage Mar 1, 2016 2:35 AM 113
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Best Sources for David Austin Roses by Steve812 May 26, 2017 9:45 AM 10
2013 Roses from David Austin by CindiKS Oct 4, 2012 1:43 PM 3
Do you plant multiples of one rose? by CindiKS May 9, 2012 10:41 PM 19
Tradescant by Hemophobic May 23, 2012 9:09 PM 39

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