Wild Edric Rose Review | David Austin 2005
Wild Edric rose£18
Suitable for containers4.0/10
Tolerance of shade8.0/10
Tolerance of poor soil9.0/10
Best for cuttings6.0/10
- Tolerate heat extremely well
- Incredibly robust
- Tolerate poor soil very well
- Would not need much water
- Attract bees
- Tolerate shade very well
- Great for hedging
- Strong fragrance
- Defoliate in the winter
- Very thorny
WILD EDRIC ROSE REVIEW | THE RIGHT ROSES
English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin
Pointed buds open to semi-double flowers of velvety rich pink, exposing golden stamens. The strong Old Rose fragrance has hints of cloves, watercress and cucumber. It forms a bushy, upright, thorny shrub with pointed, dark green foliage. Named after a Saxon Lord from Shropshire. David Austin, 2005
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David Austin introduced Wild Edric for the UK in 2005. He named this rose after Wild Edric, an Anglo-Saxon magnate of the West Midlands who led English resistance to the Norman Conquest, active in 1068-70.
“Wild Edric (aka Eadric Silvaticus, Eadric the Wild and Eeadric Salvage) was an Anglo-Saxon noble who led a resistance movement against the Normans in Shropshire between 1067-70. He was a nephew of Eadric Streona, a Mercian ealdorman, and was one of the wealthiest noblemen in Shropshire. Like many of his kind, he spent most of his time drinking or hunting around the Long Mynd, Stiperstones and Forest of Clun. In total he ruled over 56 manors and around 3,500 people, from who he collected annual rents that totalled the equivalent of £585,600 in today’s money”.
Shropshire History | http://shropshirehistory.com/characters/edric.htm
Wild Edric rose is one of the toughest roses you can think of. He is the right rose for those gardeners who lead a busy life and have a serious lack of time, while still dreaming of having their own rose garden.
“He is the right rose for those gardeners who lead a busy life and have a serious lack of time, while still dreaming of having their own rose garden”.
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Wild Edric rose: The pros
- Won first prize for Best Landscaping Variety at the 2012 French National Horticultural Society (SNHF) Trials
Wild Edric rose has six strengths.
Normally, the team at The Right Roses prefer to talk about rose fragrances first. Nonetheless, we choose to save it for last when talking about Wild Edric. And, you will know the reason why in a minute. With Wild Edric, you will have a 2 in 1: the robustness of Species Roses and the elegance of English roses.
First, Wild Edric can tolerate the heat extremely well! He really can thrive in all conditions, even in very warm climates such as California or South East Asia. A summer with days of 100 F (or 37 C) would not do him any harm. As a result, he is the right rose for the gardeners in California, Singapore, Thailand, and so on where the summer is boiling-hot.
The team at The Right Roses really understand how hard gardeners in those warmer climates take care of their precious roses. Some roses do very well in the UK or Europe, while their performance in warm climates is not particularly impressive. For instance, Lady of Shalott would be a monster with so many octopus canes. Lady Emma Hamilton would be more likely to produce single blooms, instead of semi-double or double blooms. However, you would not have to worry about the heat at all if you grow Wild Edric. He does incredibly well even in a very hot summer.
Second, Wild Edric behaves like a Species Rose, incredibly robust. He can tolerate poor soil very well. He would not need much water. Therefore, he is not a thirsty David Austin rose like a few others.
Some of us are leading a very busy life. Therefore, spending one or two hours on roses every day would be too much to ask for. Wild Edric is so kind! He will just forgive you for not giving him enough water or rose food. He keeps rewarding you with masses of booms even with a minimum (minimum!) level of effort you put in. He is really that good.
Third, Wild Edric attracts bees to your garden. As gardeners, there is nothing that makes us happier and satisfied than seeing our gardens attractive for bees. To be honest, we have all kinds of plants in our gardens that attract bees such as lavender, sunflower, etc.
So far, David Austin has introduced 21 rose varieties which can attract bees to your garden. Here is the list: Lady of Shalott, The Lark Ascending, Tottering-By-Gently, The Lady of The Lake, Kew Gardens, Scarborough Fair, Scepter’d Isle, The Generous Gardener, Butter Cup, Morning Mist, Gentle Hermione, Skylark, The Lady’s Blush, Wild Eric, Comte De Champagne, Fighting Temeraire, Cariad, Windflower, Cordelia, Corvedale, and The Herbalist.
Fourth, Wild Edric can tolerate shade very well. David Austin would not recommend gardeners plant roses too close or under big trees. Why? Because the trees will get all the water and nutrients. It is not even a fight between roses and trees because trees usually have much larger root systems. However, some robust roses can somehow thrive in those tough conditions. For instance, Wild Edric still manages to grow well in shade or under a tree.
Nonetheless, the team at The Right Roses would not recommend you choose such a tough spot for roses. Please just give the best you have for our roses. They really deserve the very best because they reward us so generously.
Fifth, Wild Edric is more like a tall rose than a wide rose. David Austin indicated that his size should be 5.5ft x 4.5ft. He could be one of the largest shrub rose that David Austin has ever introduced. Off the top of our head, probably only Chianti is slighter larger (6ft x 5ft). Given his size, he is a perfect rose for hedging.
Sixth, his fragrance is strong with notes of old rose. Wild Edric gives us the impression that he would behave like a Species rose. Furthermore, his fragrance would not be impressive. Well, please look at all his traits we discussed above. However, in fact, he produces a very tasty and strong fragrance. Therefore, you really do not have to compromise anything. It is not like you have to trade the elegance and fragrance of English roses for the robustness of Species roses. In fact, you can enjoy both his robustness (like a Species rose) and his elegance (the stunning fragrance) at the same time with Wild Edric.
Wild Edric rose: The cons
Wild Edric has two weaknesses.
First, he defoliates in the winter. Therefore, in the winter, he would look quite unattractive with only stems. It also takes him a lot of time to put on new leaves.
Second, he is very thorny. The team at The Right Roses think that this could be both his strength and weakness, indeed. He is very thorny. Therefore, it is a challenge to get closer to him to deadhead and prune. On the other hand, if you have a hedge made from Wild Edric roses, then it is perfectly a strength of his. His thorny trait just serves the purpose. David Austin has introduced a few other thorny roses, such as Gertrude Jekyll, Munstead Wood, The Lady Gardener, and Harlow Carr.
Wild Edric rose: The similarities
Wild Edric rose reminds us of Thomas a Becket rose. They both behave like species roses. Very robust. They both tolerate shade. However, Thomas a Becket rose only produces a ‘medium’ fragrance, while that of Wild Edric is strong. In addition, Wild Edric also forms a light larger shrub ( 5.5ft x 4.5ft vs 4.5ft x 4.5ft).
Wild Edric rose: The details
|Height & Spread: 5.5ft x 4.5ft||Color: Rich pink||Fragrance: Strong|
|Fragrance notes: Old Rose||Flowering: Repeat Flowering||Suitable for containers: No|
|Sun exposure: Partial Sunlight||Bloom size: Large (3.5 – 5” or 9 – 12.5 cm)||Disease resistance: Good|
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