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'Darcey Bussell' rose Description
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Red blend Shrub.
Registration name: AUSdecorum
Exhibition name: Darcey Bussell
Bred by David C. H. Austin (1926-2018) (United Kingdom, before 2005).
Introduced in United Kingdom by David Austin Roses Limited (UK) in 2005.
Introduced in Australia by Treloar Roses in 2008 as 'Darcey Bussell'.
Introduced in New Zealand by Tasman Bay Roses, Ltd. in circa 2012.
Shrub.   (Series: English Rose Collection)  
Red, purple shading.  Strong, fruity fragrance.  65 to 80 petals.  Average diameter 4".  Large, very full (41+ petals), in small clusters, old-fashioned bloom form.  Blooms in flushes throughout the season.  Pointed, ovoid buds.  
Medium, bushy.  Medium, matte, medium green foliage.  5 to 7 leaflets.  

Height: 3' to 5' (90 to 150cm).  Width: up to 2' (up to 60cm).
USDA zone 5b through 11.  Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, garden or shrub.  Vigorous.  Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom.  Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.  
Australia - Patent No: AU4254P  on  25 May 2011
Application No: 2008/097  on  4 Apr 2008   VIEW PBR PATENT
‘unnamed seedling’ x ‘unnamed seedling’ in 1998. In January 1999 selections were made and in July 1999 grafted onto Laxa rootstock outdoors. In 2000, the variety was selected and repeatedly increased till 2006 form and commercially introducted in UK in 2006. Breeder: David Austin, UK.
First sold in UK May 2006
European Union - Patent  on  2006
New Zealand - Patent No: 2911  on  2 Jun 2010
Application No: ROS947  on  23 Mar 2009
United Kingdom - Patent  on  2007
United States - Patent No: PP 18,717  on  8 Apr 2008   VIEW USPTO PATENT
Application No: 11/635,215  on  6 Dec 2006
The present invention relates to a new and distinct variety of a shrub rose plant named 'AUSdecorum` which was originated by me by crossing an unnamed, unpatented seedling with an unnamed, unpatented seedling.
Marnie Mercedes Darcey Pemberton Crittle (b. April 27, 1969 London), English ballerina ("Dame Darcey Andrea Bussell") active until 2007