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'AUSquirk' rose Description
'Susan Williams-Ellis' rose photo
Photo courtesy of Maurice REYBAUD
Availability:
Commercially available
Synonyms:
HMF Ratings:
26 favorite votes.  
Average rating: GOOD+.  
ARS:
White, near white or white blend Shrub.
Registration name: AUSquirk
Exhibition name: Susan Williams-Ellis
Origin:
Discovered by David C. H. Austin (United Kingdom, 2005).
Introduced in United Kingdom by David Austin Roses Limited (UK) in 2010 as 'Susan Williams-Ellis'.
Class:
Shrub.  English Rose Collection.  
Bloom:
Pure white.  Strong, old rose fragrance.  up to 135 petals.  Average diameter 2.5".  Medium, very full (41+ petals), in small clusters bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Pointed, ovoid buds.  
Habit:
Medium, bushy, upright.  Medium, matte, medium green foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  
Height of 4' (120 cm).  Width of 3' (90 cm).
Growing:
Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, garden or hedge.  Very hardy.  Disease susceptibility: very disease resistant.  
Patents:
European Union - Application No: 2010/2154  on  13 Oct 2010
 
United States - Patent No: PP 23,395  on  19 Feb 2013   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 13/065,126  on  13 Oct 2010
This invention relates to a new and distinct variety of shrub rose plant named ‘AUSquirk’, which was originated as a sport of the ‘AUStilly’ variety of Rosa hybrida....In the summer of 2005, on the nursery at David Austin Roses Limited in Albrighton, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, on plant of the Rosa hybrida cv. ‘AUStilly’ grew a stem bearing one white flower. This flower was removed and propagated using the T-budding method onto a Rosa dumetorum ‘Laxa’ rootstock.
Notes:
Named after Susan Williams Ellis the 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.

Registration with the American Rose society indicates the lineage includes a cross of seedling x seedling. While the David Austin, Ltd. website describes the rose as a sport of Austin's rose 'Mayflower' (see REFERENCES)