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  • Winners of 25 chelsea flower show gold medals
  • 5 Year Guarantee

Fighting Temeraire

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

An award-winning rose bearing masses of very large, single flowers
Very large, beautifully coloured blooms with a glorious, fruity fragrance. Attractive, spreading growth; the many stems producing a mass of flowers held in large heads.
  • Highly Recommended by David Austin Roses
  • Bred by David Austin
  • Suitable for zones 5 to 11

Delivery information

Under $20 $5.95 s&h

$20.01 - $60 $14.95 s&h

$60.01 - $100 $19.95 s&h

Over $100 $24.95 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 Leander Hybrid
  • Color Rich apricot
  • Fragrance Strength Medium Fragrance
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Good
  • Height 3ft
  • Width 4.5ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 2011
  • Appellation Austrava
  • Suitable for zones Zones 5-11
  • Petal Count 12 petals
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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.

Zone 9 and 10 Mid-January
Zone 8 February
Zone 6 and 7 March
Zone 5 April
Zone 4 May


All Zones Spring/Fall


We are now taking orders for bare root roses for shipment in Canada in late April 2020. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship the 2-Quart Potted roses to Canada.

Looking for help?

At David Austin Roses we’re committed to helping you through every stage of growing roses – from selecting the right variety to giving your rose the care it needs to thrive. If you’re ready to buy or need more help, talk to one of our friendly rose experts. 

Roses are easy to care for

  • Water roses until well established Water until well established
  • Prune roses once in winter Prune once in the winter
  • Feed roses twice 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


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.


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

‘Fighting Temeraire’ is a rose of very different character to most English Roses making a beautiful and very useful addition to the collection. The fully open flowers are very large, 4-5" across, have only ten petals, and are produced with exceptional freedom. They are a rich apricot colour, with an area of yellow behind the stamens. By the time the petals are ready to drop, the colour has faded to a soft yellow-apricot. The tips of the pointed buds are red, as are the young leaves and foliage, further enhancing the effect. The fragrance is medium to strong, very fruity with a strong element of lemon zest. It is healthy and vigorous.

Growth Habit

It will develop into a most attractive, spreading shrub, the many stems producing a mass of flowers held in large heads. This is a very good choice for a mixed border, where the rich colour will create a focal point. Position this rose toward the middle or back of the border.


This rose was named for the Turner Contemporary Gallery, on Margate’s seafront in Kent. The Fighting Temeraire is a painting from 1839 by the English landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker, JMW Turner.


Winner of the first prize for Fragrance and the first prize for Landscaping at the Concurs Internacional in Barcelona, Spain in 212.

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.

  • Grace


    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • The Lady Gardener

    The Lady Gardener

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Crocus Rose

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    English Musk Hybrid


  • Harlow Carr

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    English Old Rose Hybrid


  • The Alnwick® Rose

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    English Leander Hybrid


  • Charles Darwin

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    English Leander Hybrid