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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Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU EN143
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

Reviews

Customer Reviews (51)

absolutely outstandingReview by huckfinn
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Finally got my Jude two years ago. Came as a tiny thing, but grew faster than I could imagine. It is now taller than me. It has sent out magnificent continual blooms (zone 7) that smell like heaven. I have another on back order for my sister in law in northern Florida, and I'm certain she will be delighted! (Posted on 10/8/2018)
Great roseReview by little phil
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Grows well in the heat of my high desert garden. (Posted on 9/15/2018)
wonderful roseReview by Jeanne
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This rose started to bloom before it could even put forth many leaves. It has been incredible. I planted Ncotiana 'Lime Green' a bit too close, but Jude rose above it all and on long stems produced flower after flower. A keeper for sure. Zone 16 (Posted on 9/11/2018)
Lovely!Review by SouthernCalSuzuki
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We bought a Jude the Obscure in May, and planted it in our garden in inlandSouthern California. It was already beginning to get warm here, and we have had an exceptionally hot summer, but the rose thriving. We have already seen some beautiful blooms. Looking forward to seeing it under more livable conditions, as it cools off. (Posted on 9/11/2018)
Magnificent and hardy rose. Review by Lora
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This rose is the show stealer. Magnificent flowers that are larger than the surrounding David Austen rose bushes. I moved to Seattle last year so had to start a new garden and this Jude is new to me but I may have to get another one in the future. My roses have southeast exposure and have thrived in the warm Seattle summer. (Posted on 9/7/2018)
Magnificent!Review by Lyn
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I honestly don't remember how many years ago I planted my Jude The Obscure. I can't claim to be much of a gardener, but Jude The Obscure has survived all of my neglect and faithfully brought beauty to my small garden. I anxiously await the magnificent aroma of its first blooms each year here in western Oregon zone 8b (Posted on 8/20/2018)
A Dreamy RoseReview by Gigi
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From zone 8b. I have purchased nearly a dozen plants from Heirloom Roses and have been rewarded with healthy, thriving specimens every time. Jude the Obscure took off slowly for me, but when she got going she won my heart. Everything about this rose speaks of romance from the dreamy color to the intoxicating fragrance. I love this rose so muchI am ordering more from HR and devoting one of my beds to it alone.

(Posted on 8/18/2018)
BeautifulReview by Mari
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I’m in northeastern Oklahoma which is zone 7. The blooms were beautiful and the scent was strong and wonderful. The summers can be fierce here and reach the 100s so when the temperatures reached the high 90s the blooms lasted only a day but the bush itself thrived. (Posted on 8/15/2018)
Gorgeous & graceful shrub roseReview by cyndita
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(Zone 9) I received my Jude the Obscure from Heirloom about 4 months ago, and I love it! When I first got it, it was tiny but healthy - I watered it well & let it recover for a couple weeks in part shade, and then potted it in a large container - it's now a couple feet tall & wide, and has produced multiple gorgeous & fragrant blooms. In addition to the blooms, I also really like this rose because the plant itself has a lovely, graceful habit - it really is just a natural beauty. (It's also quite possibly the most photogenic rose ever - a quick snapshot with your phone creates photos just like the pictures shown.) (Posted on 8/3/2018)
non stop bloomingReview by BajanGal
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This is a new order for me this year, it arrived, I planted it, and it has not looked back. Mine is more of a pale gold than apricot or peach. No disease issues so far. Planted in zone 7. South facing garden bed, lots of sun. (Posted on 7/30/2018)
Gorgeous, hearty and sweet smellingReview by Chocolateotto
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I bought this rose in 2017, planted it in a 5 gallon pot for the summer (it bloomed profusely in the pot), then planted it in the ground last fall. I live in South Lake Tahoe, CA, which is a Zone 6, but I only plant roses hearty in Zones 5 or less. Jude did not disappoint this year: It sprang up with at least 20-30 gorgeous buds on it right now (end of July), just in time for cooler weather which happens in August. The flowers are heavy, round and absolutely gorgeous. You might want to consider growing this rose with some support, just to keep the flowers upright. The scent of this rose is heavenly; not overwhelming.My favorite rose by far. (Posted on 7/30/2018)
If you buy only one rose in your lifetime, Jude is it! Review by Randee
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Oregon (Posted on 7/18/2018)
Remarkable...best rose ever!Review by dailysinger
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I bought this rose the first year it was offered at Heirloom Roses. I did not give it the best start and nearly lost it a couple of times - due to my poor siting and watering. Once I got it in the right place, it has been a trooper - huge bush, amazing blooms - a globe of deep apricot that opens to a paler full flower., fragrance that fills the room and is really lovely - not overpowering yet powerful. This rose blooms all season if you keep the spent blooms pruned. The best rose grown in Portland, Oregon...the Rose City! (Posted on 5/28/2018)
Jude the Obscure - never ending blooms Review by Claudette
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I planted this near our patio door with morning sun. It’s just blooming whole summer and smells so good. I will recommend it if you’re looking for easy to grow English Rose. (Posted on 5/25/2018)
The One Rose To OwnReview by GigiinSEA
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My mother and I have planted a Jude the Obscure rose from Heirloom Roses at every home we have lived in - going back over 20 years. We have lived in Zones 6b to 8a and Jude returns each year to bloom profusely with her amazing perfume. Thankfully, we've never had any of the typical rose problem issues with Jude and we always plant her in full sun. My neighbors in Seattle always stop by when walking to enjoy her fragrance. If I could only own only one rose, Jude would be my choice. (Posted on 5/11/2018)
AMAZING! I'm so thrilled with my Jude the ObscureReview by Jennifer
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Let me tell my zone 1st because it really helps me so much when other reviewers do. I am in south Georgia, an hour away from Savannah, zone 8b. I received Jude on March 12, 2018 & he started putting on leaves immediately & growing taller & fuller. 3 weeks later I spotted a bud, still green but a bud & I haven't even repotted or planted him yet. I'm so excited. I have to admit when I read other reviews saying they had buds, blooms, lots of foliage & etc. soon after receiving their rose I really didn't believe it ... Jude the Obscure has made a believer out of me! I love shopping w/ Heirloom Roses, they are super in every way & packaging of roses is just perfect. (Posted on 4/6/2018)
AwesomeReview by Stebo
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I transplant this rose in a 2 gallon pot, amazing, the root system grew widely during late winter, really vigorous rose,I already transplant it to the soil or ground, with all this rain at Virginia beach,I don't see a blackspot in this beauty, healthy plant, just waiting for that bloom!!im really proud of GOD first!but I want to congratulate Heirloom roses for doing a awesome job for sending me this lovely rose...thanks a lot.zone 7b (Posted on 4/5/2018)
Awesome fragrance!Review by Awesome
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Zone 6 I bought this rose several years ago. I dragged it from Fairfax to Fredericksburg in November and it survived and is great. Amazing fragrance and beautiful cupped shaped blooms. I rank this up there with Abraham Darby (my favorite). It's beautiful (Posted on 3/31/2018)
My favorite rose!Review by Susan
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I had one of these beautiful roses in Portland, Oregon so when I moved to the southeast I had to get two for my bigger yard. The fragrance is amazing so one planted it near a living room window and the other by the front door. (Posted on 2/7/2018)
Most Fragrant Rose EverReview by Dclaet
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Living in the hot Central Valley, zone 9 in California, this rose absolutely thrives here. The fragrance is like no other rose in my collection. The colors (I have a few of these) range from champagne to apricot. The blooms are large and full with thick petals.People often stop and praise the scent of this beautiful rose bush. You will not be disappointed. (Posted on 1/17/2018)

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