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'Jude the Obscure' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 123-300
most recent 26 SEP 20 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 26 SEP 20 by Magnus95
I've had this rose for years and it seems to want to push for 3 flushes, but it's a slow repeater and in England it only managed 2. On a warm autumn it will form buds ready for it's third flush that will still never manage to happen.

Nonetheless i'll still always have this rose for it's fragrance. It's incredibly powerful and even richer second year onwards. Best of all it's there in every kind of weather, even freezing rain when other highly fragrant roses lose their scent.

It does get a bit of disease, but only after it's second flush is done around August, so I can't complain at all. Growth is strong and vigarous, sends out a lot of basal shoots too so worth pruning it a little hard.
Overall 8.5/10 Fragrance 10/10 Disease resistence 6.5/10 Blooms: 9/10
Discussion id : 117-349
most recent 29 AUG 19 SHOW ALL
Initial post 28 JUN 19 by Nola Z5a WI
Jude made it through our polar vortex winter, January 2019, with temperatures down to -26 degrees F.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 26 AUG 19 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Is your Jude grafted or own-root? I had 4 Jude as own-roots that died after 2 zone 5a winters in Chicagoland. I love the scent, and I'm considering if I should try again as GRAFTED on Dr. Huey.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 29 AUG 19 by Nola Z5a WI
My Jude is grafted and planted in 2017, purchased from DA roses, but I also just put in this summer 2019 two bands near it that are own-root and I'll see if they make it through the winter. I'm near Madison WI zone 5a. I also put a half bag of mulch on it after it freezes to winter protect.
Update June 2020: The two own root bands didn’t make it over winter. I don’t know if it’s because they went right into the ground and weren’t potted up, or if own root are too fragile for my climate.
Discussion id : 110-727
most recent 20 APR 19 SHOW ALL
Initial post 14 MAY 18 by happymaryellen
Hi all,
Thinking about this rose as a climber. Four feet wont cut it, anyone get more length from it?
Reply #1 of 4 posted 22 DEC 18 by Magnus95
I wouldn't recommend growing it as a climber, the stems are stiff and not very workable
Reply #2 of 4 posted 22 DEC 18 by happymaryellen
Reply #3 of 4 posted 6 JAN 19 by semiplenus
I have seen this growing at the rose garden in Portland, Oregon as climbing a pillar. Must be at least 8-10 feet and looks spectacular. I'm growing mine on a fence trained into the usual fan shape for climbers. The fence is five feet tall and I'm sure it will easily go beyond that. I'm in southern California, zone 10b.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 20 APR 19 by johnm99
This can be grown as a sort of climber, like many of the Austin roses, but really isn't a "climbing" rose - it is probably best described as a shrub - does not behave like a true climber with long main shoots. Basically, like any vigorous shrub, you can restrict pruning and train it to climb up somewhat. It will take longer to achieve 8 or 10 feet than a true climber. But, that can make a really fine plant, if you want to devote the space and effort to it.

Of the Austin roses that can be easily used as climbers, I have not found this to be all that vigorous, and suits me best as a bedding rose. The fragrance is about as strong as any other top fragrant rose, and is probably the most fragrant of any Austin rose. (the manager at David Austin's nursery in Albrighton told me he considers it to be the most fragrant of all roses. Fragrant Cloud and Double Delight to me are strong competitors, but it is a tough contest!)
Discussion id : 114-537
most recent 22 DEC 18 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 21 DEC 18 by Plazbo
Main page has armed with prickles/thorns and thornless
Reply #1 of 1 posted 22 DEC 18 by Patricia Routley
Thanks Plazbo. The patent drawing shows prickles. I’ve deleted “thornless”.
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