William Morris™

Type: David Austin

A tall shrub with attractive, rather arching growth and glossy foliage. The flowers are of a lovely glowing apricot-pink and of formal rosette shape. It is extremely hardy and reliable, making it an ideal rose for further back in the border, where it will withstand some competition better than most.

It is a fragrant with elements of tea and fruit. Good repeat-flowering, especially for a shrub of its size. Good disease-resistance.

Named after the artist, designer and writer to mark the centenary of the University of East London.

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(Gallon Pot)

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Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score No
Bloom Type Fully Double
Breeder Code AUSwill
Characteristics Breeder, Fragrance
Specific Color Apricot / pink blend
Country of Origin England
Fragrance Moderately 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 # No
Rebloom Repeat Blooming
Shade Tolerant No
Approximate Size 5 x 4'
Year 1999


Customer Reviews (4)

Just a baby but good so farReview by Cora
Zone 6: I planted this in late June just as it got very hot -up to 100 degrees in Oklahoma. I did make a big effort to amend the planting hole with compost , manure and humus, add mychorrizidhal fungus, use only a top dressing of organic slow release fertilizer ( Milorganite ). I was taking no chances, Despite the fact that I was warned that it might not bloom till next year I discovered 2 lovely blossoms today-less than 2 weeks later ! I'm a lifelong admirer of William Morris so it is fun to have this rose in the garden.
The color is soft and lovely. The blooms are small and very delicate. No black spot and it has been raining. I think that it will be just lovely next spring. (Posted on 7/9/2018)
beautiful memoryReview by Missdee
This rose was first given to me in 2001 in memory of my son, William J. Morris IV. It lasted until we moved in 2017. My husband located Heirloom Roses company and much to our surprise, they carry this beautiful English rose. We now live in the south zone 8A. It is just as beautiful here as it was in NY. Thank you for still carrying this beautiful rose , it's history has such meaning. (Posted on 6/26/2018)
Gorgeous all the way!Review by Best of show
I bought this rose about 15+ years ago, it grew fast and covered the garage wall entirely with the gorgeous blooms and super healthy too, makes beautiful cut flowers.
I just bought another one this year, easy to grow & already reached top of the trellis, my favorite!! (Posted on 11/14/2016)
Healthy and fast-growing roseReview by Thao C
I ordered William Morris last August along with Charles Darwin. While I like the cupped shape of Charles Darwin better, William Morris grow way faster and healthier. It's now 3x bigger than C. Darwin. (Posted on 3/17/2016)

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