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'Rose Review' Series Award winning Color: Yellow David Austin roses Disease resistance: Excellent Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: light - medium Heat tolerance Ideal: Pots & Containers Ideal: Shady areas Rose: Shrub rose

Molineux Rose Review | David Austin 1994

Molineux rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerance of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Extremely florifeous
  • Tolerance of heat
  • Extremely healthy
  • Compact and upright growth habit


  • Bloom size is only ‘medium’ (2 – 3.5’’ or 5 – 9 cm)
  • His fragrance is not ‘strong’. Only 'light - medium'.



English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin

David Austin

Bears medium-sized neat rosette blooms – tinged with orange at first, quickly becoming rich yellow. It has a light-medium musky Tea Rose scent. The growth is compact, even and upright. Named after Wolverhampton Wanderers’ football stadium. David Austin, 1994.

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David Austin introduced Molineux for the UK in 1994. He named this rose after the football stadium of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.

It is very rare that a rose is named after the stadium of a football club. This is special because Wolverhampton Wanderers FC is a local club. In fact, its stadium is only 9 miles (14 Km) away from where David Austin is located (Bowling Green Ln, Albrighton, Wolverhampton WV7 3HB). Last year (2018-2019), Wolverhampton Wanderers FC finished the season in the 7th place (out of 20 teams), which is a wonderful achievement, considering the size of the club. Even a giant club like Manchester United only finished the season in the 6th place.

Molineux rose is a very good, well-rounded rose. We believe that all supporters of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC should have at least one Molineux rose in your garden. And, please do not get us wrong. We are certainly not even supporters of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.


 Molineux rose is a very good, well-rounded rose”.

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Molineux rose: The pros

  • Best for smaller shrubs
  • Best for rose borders
  • RHS Garden of Merit Award


Molineux rose has four strengths.

First, Molineux rose is an extremely floriferous rose. He is a continuously-in-blooming rose. He repeats incredibly quickly.

Second, he can tolerate heat well. Even in the heat, his performance is still first class. Therefore, he is a reliable rose for gardeners all over the world. If you live in warmer climates such as California, he is just the right rose for you. David Austin has introduced a few other roses being best for flowering such as Harlow Carr, Olivia Rose Austin, Mortimer Sackler, Princess Anne, Thomas a Becket, Gabriel Oak (2019), Kew Gardens, William & Catherine, Iceberg, Lady of Shalott, Roald Dahl, and Malvern Hills.

According to our experience, David Austin has also introduced other 3 varieties, which are incredibly reliable for reblooming, including Boscobel, Princess Alexandra of Kent, and Royal Jubilee (in that order). Boscobel is just incredible, incredible! If you want a couple of pink roses for your garden, Boscobel and Princess Alexandra of Kent are the must-have roses!!!

Third, Molineux rose is extremely healthy. David Austin rated his disease resistance as “excellent”. Mind you, David Austin introduced Molineux for the UK in 1994, which is 25 years ago (we are in 2019). Recently, David Austin has made a lot of improvement in this aspect. However, imagining 25 years ago, having a excellently disease resistant rose like Molineux in the garden is like ‘dream comes true’.

However, even with a ‘excellent’ disease resistance, you still need to spray him. As gardeners, we are so used to black spots and other diseases. It is extremely rare that a rose is not susceptible to any kind of diseases. Of course, we hate those diseases. Nonetheless, to a certain extent, those diseases make us appreciate the beauty of roses even more. We understand the effort that we must put in to have those perfect blooms!

Fourth, Molineux rose makes an attractive shrub. He has a compact and upright growth habit. Therefore, he is a great rose for smaller gardens and pots. If you really want to make a statement in your front garden, having 3 Molineux planted in a triangle would have a great impact.

Molineux rose: The cons

Molineux rose has 2 main weaknesses.

First, his bloom size is only ‘medium’ (2 – 3.5’’ or 5 – 9 cm). His bloom size would not make many gardeners excited like Princess Alexandra of Kent or Golden Celebration.

Second, his fragrance is not ‘strong’. David Austin described his fragrance as “light – medium”. Although his fragrance is very complex and tasty with hints of tea and musk, the strength of his scent is a negative point.

Molineux rose: The similarities

David Austin has introduced many great yellow roses since 1994.

He introduced The Poet’s Wife for the UK in 2014. The Poet’s Wife has a similar shrub size with Molineux (3.5 ft x 3.5 ft). However, she produces a strong fragrance, which is stronger than that of Molineux. However, Molineux has a better disease resistance (‘excellent’ vs ‘good’).

Charles Darwin came to the market in 2003. He also has a similar size (slightly wider, 3.5 ft x 4.5 ft). He also has a strong fragrance. However, like Molineux, he also has a ‘excellent’ disease resistance.

David Austin introduced Vanessa Bell for the UK in 2017. She is a great rose for front of the border (3.5 ft x 3 ft). Her fragrance is ‘medium – strong’.

Imogen is very similar to Molineux in terms of many characteristics. They have a similar size (3ft x 3ft). Their fragrance strength is ‘light – medium’ and both of them have ‘excellent’ disease resistance.

Molineux rose: The details

Height & Spread: 3ft x 3ft Color: Rich yellow Fragrance: Light-medium
Fragrance notes: Tea/musk Flowering: Repeat Flowering Suitable for containers: Yes
Sun exposure: Partial Sunlight Bloom size: Medium (2 – 3.5’’ or 5 – 9 cm) Disease resistance: Excellent

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