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'Rose Review' Series Color: Pink David Austin roses Disease resistance: Good Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: medium - strong Rose: Shrub rose

Royal Jubilee Rose Review | David Austin 2012

Royal Jubilee rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerant of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Tasty fragrance
  • Rich pink color
  • Vigorous
  • Good disease resistance
  • Excellent repeat flowering
  • Attractive shrub


  • Not suitable for small gardens
  • Medium bloom size
  • Not suitable for cuttings



English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin

David Austin

The deep chalice-shaped blooms are very beautiful, the petals incurving so that we can only just see the stamens within. The colour is a lovely deep pink with paler pink on the underside of the petals. Thin, wiry stems show off the flowers with the utmost elegance. There is a lovely fruity fragrance with a hint of blackcurrants. David Austin, 2012.

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David Austin introduced Royal Jubilee for the UK in 2012. He named  this rose in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Royal Jubilee is a wonderful rose variety which, at first sight, entrances millions of avid gardeners around the world. She has a similar look of Corvedale, which is another David Austin rose.


Royal Jubilee is a wonderful rose variety which, at first sight, entrances millions of avid gardeners around the world“.

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Royal Jubilee rose: Pros

Royal Jubilee produces a medium-strong fragrance. However, it is the sweetest fruity perfume you may have had to the opportunity to enjoy. It has hints of blackcurrants.

It is absolutely a great pleasure to have Royal Jubilee rose in your English garden. She generously rewards you with abundance of blooms from May until very late in October. In fact, David Austin listed her as one of the best varieties for repeat flowering he has ever released.

Each Royal Jubilee blooms are utmost elegant. If you talk about Royal Jubilee with rosarians, many would enthusiastically share with you their love-at-first-sight stories. The editor at is also among one of them. When you see her for the first time, she just gives you one of those irresistible looks that make you immediately include her in your wish-list. I only have the same feeling for a few other David Austin varieties, including Lady of Shalott, Lady Emma Hamilton, Princess Alexandra of Kent, and Boscobel.

Royal Jubilee blooms give you the impression of fulfillment and perfection that many would love seek in life. She has those charming deep chalice-shaped blooms with thin and rich-pink petals. Indeed, it is impossible to describe her beauty in words. Royal Jubilee produces two bloom forms on the same bush: semi-double blooms and single blooms. You may not be able to see the stamens within semi-double blooms because of the in-curving petals. However, the yellow stamens are clearly there for you to see in the single blooms. Most of Royal Jubilee blooms are semi-double.

Royal Jubilee rose can take a little bit of shade. David Austin suggests gardeners plant Royal Jubilee in locations where she can get full sun (> 8 hours of sun). However, she can thrive with only about 3 – 4 hours of sun. Therefore, Royal Jubilee is an ideal choice for many gardens in the UK where the sun hibernates in the winter.

Royal Jubilee is a very vigorous variety. In my garden, I planted her as a potted rose in early November when it was winter in the UK. After 5 months (April), she got to about 20 inches (50 cm) height and the same spread size. In the UK, she can get to 4.5 ft height (1.4 m) and 4.5 ft spread (1.4 m). She can get even bigger in the US, particularly in those States that have warm winter. Many gardeners are successful in growing her as a short climber. Therefore, we should provide her with a lot of room to grow.

Last, but probably the most important trait, Royal Jubilee rose is a healthy one. David Austin does not list her as one of the excellent roses for disease resistance. However, Royal Jubilee has “good” disease resistance. She does not suffer much from black spot and a few other common diseases.

Royal Jubilee rose: The cons

Royal Jubilee rose has three little weaknesses.

First, she is not the best rose in the world as a cutting flower. In the first two years in your garden, her blooms slightly nod because of her weak neck. However, it will vastly improve from year 3. She also lasts quite short in the vase.

Second, she will make a relatively big shrub. Therefore, you should give her enough space to thrive. Her size also suggests that she is not ideal for containers.

Third, her bloom size is “medium”. So, for those of you who love large blooms, probably you need to think twice.

 Royal Jubilee rose: The details

Height & Spread: 4.5ft x 4.5ft Color: Rich pink Fragrance: Medium-strong
Fragrance notes: Fruity Flowering: Repeat Flowering Suitable for containers: No
Sun exposure: Full Sunlight Bloom size: Medium Disease resistance: Good

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1 year ago

I really like the colour of Royal Jubilee DA roses. team
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Thank you Mia for your review and comments. Royal Jubilee rose Austin is a fabulous rose. She repeats very well.

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