Sharifa Asma November 2014

SHARIFA ASMA

(Ausreef)

The David Austin English Shrub Rose Sharifa Asma was released in 1989. It is a hardy shrub rose which is well suited to our climate and highly recommended for its repeat flowering ability.

Sharifa Asma has medium sized, shallow cup-shaped blooms at first, the petals later reflexing to form perfect rosettes packed with layers of petals. They are a delicate blush pink, paling to almost white on the outer petals. This rose produces clusters of flowers, usually five per stem, with a distinctive and beautiful strong fruity fragrance of white grapes and mulberry.

Sharifa Asma grows into an even, upright bush with attractive Rugosa-like foliage and good disease resistance. It is easy to grow and makes an excellent choice for group plantings and borders, reaching approximately 1.5 metres tall x 1 metre wide, it creates a wonderful display of roses from the first spring flush through to the beginning of winter. It also makes a lovely fragrant cut flower for arrangements. Its vase life is reasonable for a shrub rose, with blooms lasting 3 to 4 days.

David Austin named this rose after an Omani princess at the request of her family.