Jubilee Celebration Rose Review | David Austin 2002
Jubilee Celebration rose£24.50
Suitable for containers7.0/10
Tolerance of shade5.0/10
Tolerance of poor soil6.0/10
Best for cuttings9.0/10
- Incredibly gorgeous
- Strong fragrance
- Good vase life (5 - 6 days)
- Not going to be a monster with octopus canes
- Quite hardy (zones 5 - 11)
- Not the healthiest ('good' disease resistance)
- Extremely (!) weak neck
- Her blooms nod
- Quite hard to arrange her in vase
- Need full sunlight
JUBILEE CELEBRATION ROSE REVIEW | THE RIGHT ROSES
English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin
Large, domed, coral-pink flowers are held elegantly above the foliage on graceful, arching growth. There is a strong, delicious fruity fragrance with hints of fresh lemon and raspberry. David Austin, 2002.
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David Austin introduced rose ‘Jubilee Celebration’ for the UK in 2002. David Austin named this rose to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. The Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II was the international celebration held in 2002 marking the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries.
The team at The Right Roses believe that Jubilee Celebration is not the healthiest one. She does not have the upright growth habit either. Nonetheless, she produces a large number of incredibly exquisite blooms. Each bloom is truly a masterpiece of art. Her beauty is something closest to the pure perfection that you could ever imagine.
“Her beauty is something closest to the pure perfection that you could ever imagine”.
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Jubilee Celebration rose: The pros
Jubilee Celebration rose has four main strengths.
First, she produces masses of extremely charming blooms. Every bloom of hers reflects the beauty of nature. We truly believe that even the most talented artist in the world would have to take his hat off to the charm of Jubilee Celebration. You want to know the reason why. No one could probably even dream of being able to make such a wonderful use of colors to perfection. Jubilee Celebration’s blooms represents the perfect and quite unusual blend of apricot, orange, and pink!
In addition, Jubilee Celebration showcases the utmost talent and effort of David Austin. The team at The Right Roses believe that it would take both, incredible talent and effort, to produce such a wonderful rose variety. We have seen someone complaining about the price of David Austin roses. In the UK, it is £24.50 per a potted rose in 2019.
We understand that it is not a peanut. However, it is truly worth every single penny!!! Please allow us to ask you a question. Can you ever buy such a wonderful masterpiece for £24.50? The rose gives you endless joy for years to come. David Austin, in general, spends about 9 years doing research and experiment before he introduces a new rose to the market. Each new rose is selected from thousands of alternatives to guarantee the selected one being the utmost best.
The team at The Right Roses wishes David Austin could release more new roses each year. We would even be willing to pay much more than £24.50 for each rose. We would like to show how much we appreciate the artists (David Austin) and the true beauty he produces. And, please believe that we only provide you with the most unbiased and truthful reviews at The Right Roses.
Second, Jubilee Celebration produces a very strong and delicious fragrance with fruity hints. We believe that Jubilee Celebration produces one of the strongest and most tasty scents among all David Austin roses.
David Austin has introduced 12 rose varieties best for fragrance including: Emily Bronte (2018), Harlow Carr, The Generous Gardener, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Gabriel Oak (2019), Gertrude Jekyll, Desdemona, R. Rugosa Alba, Claire Austin, Summer Song, Charles Darwin, The Poet’s Wife. According to our own experience, other David Austin roses are also heavenly scented, although they are not in David Austin’s list, e.g., Golden Celebration, Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood, Carolyn Knight. To a certain extent, Crown Princess Margareta also deserves a special mention.
We would like to make an extra comment regarding the fragrance strength of David Austin roses. For some David Austin roses, it may take them 2 or 3 years to live up to their true potential. For example, Princess Alexandra of Kent is extremely fragrant. However, in the first 2 or 3 years in your garden, her blooms hardly smell anything.
If you want some David Austin roses having an instant impact in terms of fragrance, you may want to consider 5 roses: Golden Celebration, Emily Bronte (2018), Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood, and Gabriel Oak (2019). They smell wonderful even in their first ever flush. You do not even have to put your nose into the blooms to detect their incredible scent. Just standing close to them is enough. Having 5 of them next to each other would make every morning of yours very delightful. Your garden is filled with their beautiful perfume.
If you really want us to rank those 5 incredibly fragrant varieties in terms of their fragrance strength, it is a tough job. The team at The Right Roses would include the first four roses (Golden Celebration, Emily Bronte (2018), Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood) in the first tier and Gabriel Oak (2019) in the second tier. David Austin may have a different idea. He thought that Gabriel Oak (2019) was one of his most scented roses, while he did not include Golden Celebration, Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood into that prestigious list in 2019/2020.
Third, Jubilee Celebration has a very good vase life (5 – 6 days). On the stems in the rain, her blooms may last shorter. Therefore, Jubilee Celebration is a good rose as cutting flowers. According to our experience, she lasts as long as the best David Austin roses for cutting and arrangement, e.g., Olivia Rose Austin, Tranquillity, The Lady Gardener, Boscobel, Lady of Shalott, Roald Dahl, Charles Darwin, Gertrude Jekyll, The Poet’s Wife, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Scepter’d Isle, and Dame Judi Dench.
Fourth, Jubilee Celebration is not going to be a monster in your garden. In other words, she is not an extremely vigorous rose with numerous octopus canes. David Austin suggested that her size is 4ft x 4ft in the UK. In Kansas (zone 6), she is about 3 ft tall in her second year. Some gardeners even think about moving her to their front of their border. Jubilee Celebration will not make a very bushy shrub. Therefore, she would look absolutely stunning if you grow her in a group of three.
Fifth, Jubilee Celebration is quite hardy (probably average – good). She can tolerate the winter in Zones 5-11.
Jubilee Celebration rose: The cons
Jubilee Celebration has four main weaknesses.
First, she is not the healthiest David Austin rose. David Austin rated her disease resistance as ‘good’. In our area in the UK, she is relatively healthy. However, she can be very susceptible to back spot in other regions.
In the last ten years, David Austin has vastly improved in this aspect. Most of his new introductions are very healthy, rated as “excellent”, for instance, Gabriel Oak (2019), Eustacia Vye (2019), and Emily Bronte (2018).
If ‘disease resistance’ is the thing that matters most to you, here is the healthiest David Austin roses you can find: Olivia Rose Austin, The Mayflower, Mortimer Sackler (climbing), Princess Anne, Hansa, England’s Rose, Kew Gardens, Susan Williams-Ellis, Claire Austin (climbing), Roald Dahl, Tottering-by-Gently, Malvern Hills (Rambling). The team at The Right Roses think that Olivia Rose Austin, Princess Anne, and Roald Dahl are 3 of the very healthy roses. You really cannot do much wrong with them in terms of disease resistance.
Second, her neck is very (!!!) weak. Therefore, her blooms nod seriously. In the first couple of years in your garden, you can hardly enjoy her beauty because they face downwards. You would always need to lift her blooms up to even see them. However, as she gets matured (year 3), you really can reap the rewards. In year 3, her stems become more robust and taller. Therefore, even though her blooms nod, it would not matter much.
Third, her neck is very weak. Consequently, it would be quite hard to arrange her in a vase. Probably, this is the reason why David Austin did not include her in his selection of the best roses for cutting and arrangement (despite her good vase life). However, she would look absolutely gorgeous like this.
Fourth, as her disease resistance is not ‘excellent’, you need to plant her in full sunlight. Please make sure to give her lot of space and air circulation so that she would be less susceptible to black spot and other diseases.
Jubilee Celebration rose: The similarities
Princess Alexandra of Kent is a David Austin rose which closely resembles Jubilee Celebration. They both forms a similar shrub size (4ft x 4ft). Their fragrance is strong and very tasty. They have a very similar disease resistance, only ‘good’. They last well in the vase and on stems. However, Princess Alexandra of Kent produces larger blooms that Jubilee Celebration. Please note that Jubilee Celebration blooms are large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm). However, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Golden Celebration produce the largest blooms among all David Austin roses.
Jubilee Celebration rose: The details
|Height & Spread: 4ft x 4ft||Color: Coral-pink||Fragrance: Strong|
|Fragrance notes: Fruity||Flowering: Repeat Flowering||Suitable for containers: Yes|
|Sun exposure: Full Sunlight||Bloom size: Large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm)||Disease resistance: Good|
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