Rose (Rosa 'Constance Spry') in the Roses Database

Alternative cultivar names:
'Constance Spry'
'AUSfirst'
'AUStance'

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Bloom shape: Cupped
Petal count: very full: 40+ petals
Rose bloom color: Medium pink
Extra Bloom Info: In clusters, medium to large, more than 80 petals
Rebloom: None
Class: Shrub
Growth Habit: Climbing habit, tall, 10-18 feet
Fragrance: Moderate
Hybridizer & year: David Austin, 1961
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)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: 10-18 feet
Plant Spread: 6-8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Parentage: Belle Isis x Dainty Maid
Child plants: 3 child plants

Constance Spry

No-Fuss Roses for Cold ZonesNo-Fuss Roses for Cold Zones
February 10, 2013

After many years of growing mainly fussy and tender hybrid tea roses in rural zone 5, I became discouraged with their failure to do well beyond a season or two. Some seemed to never do well, no matter how well I cared for them. Some would just sit there and not grow or would quickly become naked and ugly from black spot. Reluctant to give up on growing my favorite flower, I did some online research and found information on hardy and easy-to-grow roses.

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Posted by Cottage_Rose (Michigan - Zone 5b) on Nov 1, 2010 12:20 PM

Utterly amazing huge, cabbage blossoms! Huge fountain shaped bush with flexible easy to train branches. A once bloomer but I would not be without this heavenly wonder! Amazing fragrance, cane hardy in Z5 and very easy to grow rose. Not fussy at all.

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Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Feb 10, 2013 9:55 PM

Noted by Antique Rose Emporium:
"Named for the great amateur rosarian who was so influential in saving many varieties of old garden roses from the devastation of WWII, ‘Constance Spry’ was the first of the "English" roses to be bred by David Austin. The flowers of ‘Constance Spry’ are perfectly gorgeous. Large, cupped, and cabbagey, the double flowers are perfectly pink and have a potent and unique scent of myrrh. Long, vigorous canes make this plant suitable for training as a climber or they can be pruned to form a large shrub. This rose is very vigorous, so give it plenty of room."

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