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Susan Williams-Ellis

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

Extremely healthy with an exceptionally long flowering season
Charming, pure white, rosette-shaped flowers of Old Rose beauty. Strong Old Rose fragrance. Exceptionally long flowering season. Extremely tough, healthy and hardy.
  • Good for disease resistance
  • Repeat Flowering
  • Highly Fragrant
  • Highly Recommended by David Austin Roses
  • Bred by David Austin
  • Suitable for zones 4 to 9
$27.95
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Delivery information

Under $10 $5.95 s&h

$10 - $20 $9.95 s&h

$20.01 - $60 $14.95 s&h

$60.01 - $100 $19.95 s&h

$100.01 - $150 $24.95 s&h

$150.01 - $200 $29.95 s&h

$200.01 - $300 $34.95 s&h

$300 and over $39.95 s&h

For orders to Canada, Alaska and Hawaii, please add $20.00 to the normal shipping charge.

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We offer a 5 year guarantee

We aim to supply roses of the highest quality. However, with livingplants problems occasionally arise. If any roses are damaged on receipt, or if they fail to grow in the first 5 years, we will replace them free of charge. Roses shipped outside the recommended planting time for your zone will not be guaranteed. For more details about our guarantee, please contact our customer service team on 800-328-8893.

Rose characteristics

  • Rose Type English Rose - bred by David Austin
  • Growth Type Shrub Rose
  • Sub Type English Old Rose Hybrid
  • Color White
  • Fragrance Strength Strong
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Excellent
  • Height 4ft
  • Width 3ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 2010
  • Appellation AUSQUIRK
  • Suitable for zones Zones 4-9
  • Petal Count 140 petals
  • Patent 23395
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BARE ROOT/OWN ROOT ROSES DELIVERY

All orders are shipped at the correct planting time for your zone. Please see the table below to find out when to expect shipment of your bare root roses.

USDA GROWING ZONE* SHIPMENT DATE
Zone 9 and 10 Mid-January
Zone 8 February
Zone 6 and 7 March
Zone 5 April
Zone 4 May

2-QUART, POTTED ROSE DELIVERY

USDA GROWING ZONE* SHIPMENT DATE
All Zones Spring/Fall

CANADA

We are now taking orders for bare root roses for shipment in Canada in late April 2017. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship the 2-Quart Potted roses to Canada.

Roses are easy to care for

  • Water until well established
  • Prune once in the winter
  • Feed twice, once in spring and once in summer

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we’ve been asked many times in the past. If your question isn’t covered visit our dedicated FAQ’s page or contact one of our helpful rose experts.

What is the difference between a climber and a rambler?

Climbers generally have large blooms on not too vigorous, rather stiff growth and most repeat flower. Ramblers are in general, much more vigorous. They will produce great quantities of small flowers, although most do not repeat flower. There are exceptions to both these rules: for instance, Malvern Hills and Snow Goose are repeat-flowering ramblers whereas Constance Spry Climbing is a once flowering climber. Most climbers are best for walls, trellises, arches and obelisks whereas ramblers are generally better for growing into trees and covering pergolas or large structures such as garages or sheds.

What’s the difference between a potted and a bare root rose? Which is best?

When ordering from us you have the choice of buying our roses as bare roots or in 2 quart pots. The bare root roses are 2 year old plants, whereas the 2 quart pots are 32 weeks old. Neither option is superior, it is simply a matter of personal choice. Whichever option you choose, your roses are guaranteed to bloom next summer – and for many summers to come.

Please note: ramblers, once flowering Old Roses and species roses all flower on mature wood and therefore may not flower in the first year after planting

BARE ROOT ROSES

Availability period: January – May

Bare root roses are dormant plants, dug up from the field and shipped without soil. They are the ideal choice if you’re purchasing a large number of roses, as they are very lightweight and are therefore easier to handle in the garden.

2-QUART POTTED ROSES

Availability period: April - October

Planted in a carefully selected planting mix; these own root roses are available for delivery this April - October, enabling you to plant roses outside of the bare root rose season. Our own root roses are grown from cuttings, so the roots are the same variety as the flowers, unlike our bare root roses which are grafted onto Dr. Huey rootstock.

Which roses can I grow in shade?

Please click here to see a list of roses that are ideal for growing in shade.

Which are the most fragrant roses?

Please click here to see a list of our most fragrant roses.

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Detailed Description

A delightful, unassuming little rose of typical Old Rose beauty. It is a pure white sport of the pink English Rose, ‘The Mayflower’. It was discovered among a batch of ‘The Mayflower’ roses in our Shropshire nursery, by Stephen Pooler, a member of our team. The remarkable thing about these two roses is that, insofar as we are aware, they are completely free from disease. ‘Susan Williams-Ellis’ starts to flower early in the season, usually late May or early June at our nursery, and then continues almost without stop until the harder frosts. For those in a really cold climate, it is also extremely winter hardy. The fragrance is strong and perfectly Old Rose in character.

Growth Habit

The growth is upright, bushy and twiggy - perfect for the middle of a mixed border or a border of pure roses. So that it does not become lost in a border of larger plants, plant in groups of three or more, and prune to form a single, shapely shrub. A very versatile variety, it also ideal for hedging and looks charming grown in a large pot or container.

Origins

Susan Williams-Ellis was a designer who, together with her husband Euan Cooper-Willis, founded Portmeirion Pottery. Susan was a great enthusiast of the English Roses and painted some beautiful water colours of them.

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains.

From a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.

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