Jude The Obscure™®

Named for the 19th century novel by Thomas Hardy. Blessed with magnificent fragrance, 'Jude the Obscure' 4" blooms (petals 40+) are large, cupped, old-fashioned, and of the highest quality and beauty. A lovely shade of rich, soft apricot, the outer petals of the fully double blooms may show a blush of pale yellow. Very free flowering, the blooms are produced on a strong, vigorous, well-shaped bush with mid-green foliage. It received the Corona Regina Teodelinda Perfume Award in Monza, Italy. Mr. Austin says "'Jude the Obscure' produces some of the most superb blooms you have ever seen" with the added benefit of its lovely, strong and unusual fragrance of lemon/myrrh and peach. Makes a good cut flower.

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Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score 7.9
Bloom Type Cupped, Fully Double
Breeder Code AUSjo
Characteristics Breeder, Cutting, Fragrance
Specific Color Apricot and yellow blend
Country of Origin England
Fragrance Exceptionally Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # 10757
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant No
Approximate Size 4-5' x 4'
Year 1995


Customer Reviews (18)

The first rose I ever lovedReview by Linda J-M
Growing up in the era of Hybrid teas, I was never really drawn to roses. Then I met Jude the Obscure. I fell, and fell hard. The scent was divine; the beauty astounding. Jude opened my eyes to the beauty of roses. (Posted on 3/19/2017)
The most fragrant!Review by Donna
I bought this rose many years ago when shopping at a nursery. What got me was the fragrance. Upon carrying it to it's new home, it filled the car with heavenly fragrance. It has performed year after year with minimal care. When I moved 4 years ago, I dragged it with me in November (zone 7) and held my breath until it came back in Spring. (Posted on 1/27/2017)
Lovely!Review by Gabrielle
This rose was one of 12 I purchased for my mother-in-law for Christmas last year and she insisted I plant all twelve in my garden. It is so very lovely. No spots, no disease and such an awesome fragrance. The blooms are beautifully cupped and the color is a rich apricot that fades to paler yellow. Sometimes heavy on the stem but I do love how they drape and droop. Blooms right up to the first frost! (Posted on 1/11/2017)
Gorgeous!Review by Knitterbug
I've had this rose about 4 years and it's perfection! It has a very heavy scent and the flowers are gorgeous. A large bush and it blooms most all year. Still have blooms in December. and yes, the pictures do not do it justice. Very easy to care for and disease resistant. (Posted on 12/25/2016)
SublimeReview by Katie ZO
Oh my, how can one describe perfection? This is a stunning healthy beauty with an intoxicating scent. It is the favored rose of all my visitors. Petals placed in witch hazel and water...equal parts...with petals stuffed to the lip then add líquid. After 1 week you will have a lovely facial astringent. Can't give enough praise. (Posted on 12/13/2016)
Such a RoseReview by connecticut yankee
i have bought lots of David Austin roses, and antique roses over the years: this is on of the best ever..such a tribute to Thomas Hardy,one of my favorite authors, and this rose is so beautiful, and blooms continually...just love it so much (Posted on 11/26/2016)
Jude the Obscure my first yearReview by Jennifer
I planted Jude the Obscure within 3 days of its arrival in its 1 gallon pot. That was April 27 2016 and I had my first two blooms yesterday June 11 2016. The fragrance of Lemon/myrrh and peach is wonderful. The citrus definitely has the forefront on my blooms! The larger bloom has the peach coloring and the smaller one has more yellow but is turning peachy colored this second day of being in a vase. I love this -- my very first heirloom roses!!! (Posted on 6/12/2016)
Pure lovelinessReview by Aracelis
This rose is one of exquisite beauty, complexity and mystery. The blooms are big with lovely, very present soft colors. I have had it for almost three years on a large pot and the care has been minimum, yet this rose has not disappoint. It looks gorgeous against the red brick. Now, I am so taken by it that I'm tending to it with care because I cannot imagine not having it to enjoy its beauty. When I bought it I didn't realize how pretty this rose is and it just turned out to be one surprisingly beautiful, beautiful, hardy rose. (Posted on 6/10/2016)
Blooms and Blooms!Review by Michelle
I got this rose this spring as a small gallon size, potted it in a large container until it is big enough to go in the ground. This rose is growing much faster than any of the other roses I got this spring, lots of new basal growth, and chandeliers with tons of buds. I counted them just now, and there are 55 buds on this little plant!!! I am amazed. The blooms that already opened earlier were a wonderful lemony/fruity rose scent with a hint of spice. They are large, cupped, lovely apricot shade, and as the bloom ages, it fades to cream on exposed petals. When fully opened, the cupped rose looks like it's glowing from the inside! Blooms don't last very long, but with so many buds and great fragrance and fast growth, it's well worth having! (Posted on 5/4/2016)
all time favorite roseReview by carolyn
so feminine, so mysterious, so lovely. I never tire of being in the presence! This rose is much more lovely that the picture given here. Don't miss it! the rose is not orange...much more discreet than orange. (Posted on 2/9/2016)
all time favorite roseReview by carolyn
so feminine, so mysterious, so lovely. I never tire of being in the presence! This rose is much more lovely that the picture given here. Don't miss it! (Posted on 2/9/2016)
A tie for my very favorite!Review by Donna
Abraham Darby would be leading (just barely) as my first choice of all . However, this is almost a tie. Like everyone has commented, the fragrance is why we plant roses in the garden. The cupped formation is very appealing as well. I transplanted this rose in dead winter in Virginia when I moved and it survived. It is hardy and keeps blooming throughout the growing season. It's definitely a winner! (Posted on 12/13/2014)
EntrancingReview by Ellis Q
Buy this rose . . . it seems to have it's own inner glow and the scent is intoxicating. (Posted on 10/9/2014)
Smells so good!Review by Maggie
This has beautiful orange blooms that smell so good!!! Bloomed in it's first year and lots too! (Posted on 6/23/2014)
Wonderful scentReview by Leah
This is one of my favorites and I just love, love the smell. Brought a cut flower into work and everyone loved it, they ordered! (Posted on 5/16/2014)
Amazing rose!Review by Shannon
Jude was my first own root rose. From a twig to a beautiful bush in 3 years. It's the only rose I dug up to take with me when I moved. The fragrance is wonderful! I love the cup shape of the roses and their color. You can't go wrong with this rose. (Posted on 3/28/2014)
Bucket List Scent!Review by holly
I am so happy with my Jude the Obscure! The scent is like spiced fruit. I had the cut blooms in my bathroom by the sink so that every time I brushed my teeth or washed my face I had that blessed fragrance lingering about. A true spa experience. The cut blooms last and compliment any colors. I found in the same season and from the same bush the blooms could be a warm blush apricot to a pale yellow. Every once in a while Jude would display a pink ribbon of color on a bloom. The fragrance was strongest when a bloom would first open. We have the bush in a pot on the deck and very often someone new would step onto the deck asking where that scent was coming from... We would point across the 12' deck! New blooms could put out that strong! It was on my bucket list to have this rose and I am delighted! Even though I didn't have a true garden for it, I have seen amazing results from this beauty. Highly recommended! (Posted on 11/6/2013)
My Favorite ScentReview by Marianne
My Jude the Obscure is fairing well against it's neighbor, the monstrous Zephirine Drouhin. However, it's a smaller more well contained, mannerly climber. The blooms are lovely but the reason everybody should have at least one Jude the Obscure in their garden is for the heavenly scent. I also have two Morning Has Broken which I planted because I thought that had the best scent. However, Jude has the best one ever. What a pleasant surprise! This climber bloomed even the first year on the tiny bush. It's increased in size and bloom each year. This year is the best (it's 5 years old now) and it is constantly putting out new buds as fast as I can deadhead. (Posted on 6/17/2013)

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