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This is a variety of very different character from the general run of English Roses, being rather closer to the Species Roses than to the Old Roses and more natural and shrubby in growth. A striking crimson-red; the individual flowers can best be described as shallowly cupped, opening as informal rosettes; the petals quickly reflexing as the flowers age. They are held in medium-sized heads; the individual blooms nodding attractively on the stem. They have an Old Rose fragrance with a strong lemon zest character. It forms a strong, rather informal shrub. Named for Canterbury Cathedral.

Colour: Crimson-red 
Flowering: Repeat Flowering 
Fragrance: Medium, Old Rose
Bloom Size: Large 
Family: English Shrub Rose
Size: Large Shrub  5ft  4ft
Breeder: David Austin
Year of Introduction: 2013
Suitable for zones: Zones 5-11
Petal Count: 63 petals


Ideal For:

Mixed Border

Rose Hedges

Rose Border


Growing Conditions:
East, South, West Facing
All soil types
Full Sunlight


Origin of Name:  Named for Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, UK.

Thomas A Beckett

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