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'Othello' rose Description
'Othello (English Rose, Austin, 1986)' rose photo
Photo courtesy of monia
Availability:
Commercially available
HMF Ratings:
61 favorite votes.  
Average rating: EXCELLENT-.  
ARS:
Medium red Shrub.
Registration name: AUSlo
Origin:
Bred by David C. H. Austin (United Kingdom, 1986).
Class:
Shrub.  English Rose Collection.  
Bloom:
Red.  Strong, old rose fragrance.  Average diameter 4".  Large bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  
Habit:
Height of 42" to 8' (105 to 245 cm).  Width of 3' to 6' (90 to 185 cm).
Growing:
USDA zone 5b through 10b.  Disease susceptibility: susceptible to Mildew.  
Patents:
United States - Patent No: PP 7,212  on  3 Apr 1990   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 07/259,279  on  18 Oct 1988
Notes:
Paul Barden says this rose tends to send up many massive straight canes that are ten feet tall, very thorny, and difficult to train. He keeps Othello in his garden because it marks a major turning point in his own relationship with roses. For more information about Paul and his roses, see "Private Gardens", "Paul Barden's Rose Page."


On 1 November 1604 William Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello, was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London. Although David Austin has written that 'Othello' has been superceded by better varieties, this rose with its large dark red blooms that age to purple is still widely available.