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Denomination: 'Auswill'
Trade name: William Morris
Botanical Name: Rosa
Applicant/Holder: David Austin Roses Limited
Bowling Green Lane
United Kingdom
Breeder: David Austin, David Austin Roses Limited, Albrighton, United Kingdom
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2000-01-04
Application Number: 00-2111
Grant of Rights Date: 2001-10-17
Certificate Number: 1054
Date rights revoked: 2018-10-17

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Ausled'

Summary: 'Auswill' has larger leaves than 'Ausled'. 'Auswill' has smaller flowers which are in the apricot blend classification group while the flowers of 'Ausled' are in the pink blend group.


'Auswill' is a large English shrub rose. The growth habit is arching. The young shoot has very strong anthocyanin which is red in colour (RHS 183B). Thorns and prickles are present on the stem and are deep concave in shape. There is a sparse number of short prickles and an average number of long prickles on the stem. Prickles and thorns are red in colour. 'Auswill' has dark green leaves which have weak glossiness. There are five leaflets. The terminal leaflet has a serrate margin, a leathery texture and rounded base.

'Auswill' flowers mid-season. There are two flowering periods with more than ten weeks duration. There is a low number of flowers per shoot. The pedicel has a small number of prickles. The flower bud is pointed in shape just before opening and sepal extensions are medium. The fully opened flower is round when viewed from above. When viewed from the side the flower is flat on the upper part and convex on the lower part. The flower centre is quartered. 'Auswill' has a very double flower type. The flower colour is in the apricot blend classification group. 'Auswill' has a medium sized petal spot at the base of the outer and inner side. There is medium reflexing and undulation of the petal margin. 'Auswill' has a yellow filament. The style is long in length, yellow-green in colour and medium in hairiness. The stigma is positioned above the anthers. The receptacle is medium in size, pitcher shaped and has no prickles.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Auswill' originated from a cross between two English rose varieties which took place at David Austin Roses, Albrighton, United Kingdom in 1987. The variety was selected for its apricot/pink flowers, old-fashioned flower shape, good fragrance and disease resistance.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Auswill' were conducted at Valderose Garden, Pain Court, Ontario. The trials consisted of 10 plants per variety planted outdoors. Measured characteristics were based on ten measurements.

Comparison tables for 'Auswill' with reference variety 'Ausled'

Leaf length (mm)

  'Auswill' 'Ausled'
mean 184 79
std. deviation 18.0 13.0

Leaf width (mm)

  'Auswill' 'Ausled'
mean 134 49.5
std. deviation 15.0 9.0

Colour of flower bud (one-quarter open) (RHS)

  'Auswill' 'Ausled'
upper surface 52A 32D
lower surface 48C 50B

Flower diameter (mm)

  'Auswill' 'Ausled'
mean 75.7 114.7
std. deviation 5.0 12.0

Flower colour (RHS)

  'Auswill' 'Ausled'
overall colour 38A 54D

Colour of outer side of petal (RHS)

  'Auswill' 'Ausled'
margin 18C 65C
middle zone 29C 65C
base 9C 9C

Colour of inner side of petal (RHS)

  'Auswill' 'Ausled'
margin 36C 65D
middle zone 36A 49D
base 5D 9B
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