Tess of the d'Urbervilles®

Type: David Austin

Large fragrant 4" flowers (petals 70) of bright crimson coloring. They are of a nice, deeply curved shape in the early stages; the petals turning back to give a less formal but still attractive flower. They bend over with their weight, to give an elegant effect. The growth is robust, bushy and spreading and the leaves are large and dark green. Old rose/fruity myrrh fragrance on a repeat blooming plant. Short, armed with thorns / prickles, bushy. Medium, semi-glossy, medium green foliage.

Availability: In stock This rose begins shipping the week of March 5th 2018

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Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score 8
Bloom Type Fully Double
Breeder Code AUSmove
Characteristics Breeder, Cutting, Fragrance, Shade
Specific Color Bright crimson
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 # No
Rebloom Repeat Blooming
Shade Tolerant Yes
Approximate Size 4' x 4 1/2'
Year 1998


Customer Reviews (5)

Lovely rose!Review by Constance
I purchased two of this rose and eight climbing roses this season. These roses have far outgrown the climbers so far. One has grown to at least 5 feet tall which was a surprise for me. Both are potted and sit mostly in the shade with a few hours of morning sum along with a few hours of late afternoon sun. This is my first flower garden and hope all will be beautiful next year. Both plants have been blooming all summer. (Posted on 9/28/2017)
Beautiful Rose!Review by Joel C.
I bought this rose a year ago, and it has reached 6' already. the roses are simply beautiful and the fragrance is great. (Posted on 7/9/2017)
settled in and bloomed almost immediatelyReview by Susan
I am new to gardening and to roses. When my sweet old dog passed, I wanted to put something special in my small garden for him. I have always loved roses and since he loved smelly things (not in a positive sense) and was a regal guy, I thought deep red and extremely fragrant was the way to go. I followed the planting instructions in the video and the rose started to grow immediately and within a week had three blooms. They do not smell as fragrant at the Zephriine that I also bought, but they are very fragrant and the rose is beautiful. I look forward to watching it continue to flourish. (Posted on 7/4/2017)
Great roseReview by mytho
Fragrant, gorgeous rose that does well on an east facing wall, morning sun only, in Burbank California. So indeed does take some shade. (Posted on 4/5/2017)
Great Climbing Rose for the SouthReview by Clay
Wonderfully fragrant. Black spots badly but stills blooms profusely without spraying.. One of the few David Austins I have seen that takes the heat of the South. The 4x4 1/2' size is deceptive if you live in the South more of a climber or very large shrub.. Extremely thorny. (Posted on 9/18/2013)

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