Rose (Rosa 'A Shropshire Lad') in the Roses Database

Alternative cultivar names:
'A Shropshire Lad'

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Large: 4-5"
Bloom shape: Other: Rosette
Petal count: very full: 40+ petals
Rose bloom color: Pink blend
Extra Bloom Info: 90 petals
Rebloom: Good
Class: Shrub
Extra Color Info: Peach & pink blend
Growth Habit: Medium tall, 4-6 feet, upright
Fragrance: Strong
Misc: Thornless or almost thornless
Hybridizer & year: David Austin, 1997
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 4 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)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Parentage: Heritage x Seedling


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Location: Helsingborg, SwedenDate: 2014-07-05
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Location: Albrighton, EnglandDate: 2014-06-26Photo taken at David Austin Roses
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2013-05-27
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A Shropshire Lad growing in Lincolnshire England
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At Alnwick Garden
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Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Feb 3, 2014 10:50 PM

This is a tall rose (5-6 feet in my garden in part-shade), with canes strong enough to hold the blooms upright and preclude the "nodding" tendency of some Austin blooms. The blooms are packed with petals (up to 90!) and have a rosette shape instead of the more common cupped shape of many other Austin blooms.

The rose tends to send out arching canes in all directions, but the canes are almost thornless, so they don't pose a great hazard near pathways or entryways. The fragrance is strong and fruity.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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December 2018 -- Photos and Chat by zuzu Jan 2, 2019 8:44 PM 142
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ID for the database help, please:-) by chelle Oct 17, 2011 8:55 PM 41
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and i said i didnt have any more room. by dana Mar 19, 2010 4:25 AM 19

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