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Jude The Obscure ®

Type: David Austin

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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Regular Price: $45.00

Special Price $40.50

(Gallon Pot)

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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 (31)

My favorite rose for all time!Review by ParrotQueen
I bought this rose quite a while ago - maybe even 10 years ago or more. When people come into my yard, they get to Jude The Obscure and they stay planted right there - smelling and admiring the blooms. And it blooms vigorously from early spring until fall,. This is one of the most stunning roses I have ever seen. I'm adding a second one to my yard. Don't miss this one!
(Posted on 11/27/2017)
A must have rose for your gardenReview by Sharon from Queens, NY
Received this plant in April. I am glad that I bought this rose because the fragrance is just simply amazing! It is growing quite well and healthy in a container...waiting to plant it near a garden room I plan to build in my backyard. Makes quite a statement in a vase filled with Café-au-lait dahlias - as well as Cloud 10 and Memorial day roses! I just purchased Lexy and I know I will not be disappointed. (Posted on 11/19/2017)
good roseReview by Hatt
I was a hard year for roses in the northeast-- cool with lots of rain-- and I am a rose neophyte so JtO was not in the best hands. It didn't bloom a lot but looked healthy, pushing up lots of shoots and leaves and, as fall clears the air, it is absolutely burgeoning. I'm still on a learning curve but Jude is giving 200% to the effort. (Posted on 10/22/2017)
Fantastic RoseReview by Psquared
Lost its foliage to black spot after first planting it in spring, but brought it back with insecticide and organic fertilizer. It's now vigorously healthy and has three blooms in its first year, even though it is October! Absolutely gorgeous, delicate rose with a unique soft color and intoxicating perfume. Worth the money, time and wait. Five stars! (Posted on 10/2/2017)
Gorgeous Blooms and Devine FragranceReview by Michelle
This is only my first year growing roses and purchased 5 varieties from Heirloom Roses, two of which are David Austin roses. I can see why David Austin roses has a fantastic reputation and following. I live in zone 6 south central Pennsylvania. This summer has been exceptionally wet with mild to moderate temperatures. I have a black spot problem and was plagued by Japanese beetles. Jude the Obscure, however, showed no sign of disease and went unnoticed by those nasty, destructive beetles. I prevented the rose from blooming most of the summer as to let the plant establish which seems to have paid off. It is now autumn and I have allowed a couple blooms to mature. WOW! The blooms are gorgeous and the perfume is exquisite. I can't wait till next year! (Posted on 9/29/2017)
Tough and LovelyReview by christine
I purchased Jude The Obscure based on many reviews that promised what I had been dreaming of in a rose, beauty, fragrance and vigor. Then, due to urgent structural repairs in my yard, I had to keep Jude in its pot for three months. During that time, the little baby plant bloomed twice and the enticing fragrance encouraged me to keep hoping for the best. There was no mildew, no black spot and no yellowed, shriveled leaves despite the wettest, most humid summer on record. I finally got to plant it in a good spot and it began to take off. New leaves came in about a week and I am now so hopeful that it will survive and endure the zone 6 winter and come back refreshed and ready to thrive as a much-beloved rose in my garden. Thank you, Heirloom Roses for this tough, lovely little rose. (Posted on 9/22/2017)
Great roseReview by Adam
I bought them for my wife and she was amazed by smell color will buy for or yard. When we received them they were healthy and have grown really great (Posted on 9/13/2017)
GorgeousReview by Texasmom61
Most beautiful rose in my garden! (Posted on 8/23/2017)
A very special rose.....Review by "Mo"
'Jude the Obscure' is very special. Newly planted, it's just begun to bloom, but what
a bloom!!!---so soft and lovely. I must say, "Grow baby rose, grow...I want much more
of you." (Posted on 7/21/2017)
BeautifulReview by Howard
I've had Jude the Obscure at my previous home for several years, and I loved it, despite the fact that I hindered it by planting it in a place with too much shade. So I wanted to give it a better shot at its glory at our new home. I planted it just this March, so it's still young. And it's thriving in a full sun environment, right next to where a new sidewalk will be. I'm looking forward to tantalizing pedestrians as they walk by, hoping that they'll mostly smell the sweet fragrance and be captured by its color and fulness. Way to go, Heirloom! (Posted on 7/17/2017)
Best of all my roses - Jude The ObscureReview by ParrotQueen
I've lost count of the roses in my yard. But of all my roses, Jude the Obscure is my favorite, and everyone who comes to the garden goes starry eyed when they meet Jude the Obscure with roses hanging off. It makes the best cut flower by your bed - and when the petals fall off, I sprinkle them on my pillowcase for a sweet, scented, relaxing sleep. A woman from our local Rose Society just visited my yard last week, and I thought she would never leave my Jude. I've had this rose bush maybe six years or more now. The fragrance is mesmerizing and the roses look like big, fat peonies. (Posted on 5/21/2017)
An Awesome RoseReview by Valeria
This rose is has a beautiful, albeit unusual, color, with petals of an almost diaphanous nature. Its fragrance holds its own with the other Austin roses I have, and its garden presence cannot be ignored. By far one of my favorite roses! I am looking forward to this year's round of repeat blooms. I stand with my garden shears ready to harvest the first to open! (Posted on 4/19/2017)
Absolutely Stunning!Review by Kimber
A high performing David Austin rose with intense lemon fragrance. No garden should be without it. (Posted on 4/12/2017)
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)

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