Date of Introduction: 1991
Hybridizer: David Austin
Parentage: ‘Lilian Austin’ x ‘The Squire’
Othello is one of the richly colored roses of David Austin roses. It has a very large, full-petaled flowers, approximately 80 petals, of cupped form that mature to extremely full, rounded blooms. It has rich dark crimson blooms which pale as the blooms age and turn to pleasing shades of pink, purple and mauve. Habit is tall, robust, upright and bushy, with numerous strong thorns and dusky, dark matt green foliage. Very resistant to pests and disease. Exceptionally free-flowering, with pronounced Old Rose fragrance. Grows to 5 ft high x 5 ft. wide. It performs very well in the heat, although it can be very vigorous in warmer areas, so should be summer pruned to maintain a shapely shrub.
I had two planted on either side of my walkway in front of my home in New York which attracted some passersby. I know a dentist who works at the end of my street and parked his car across my house and told me he did that so he could smell my roses. Where I live now, I planted another one in front of my house between Cramoisi Superieur and Scentimental. If you love David Austin rose, this is one rose to have. It is one of the earliest introductions by David Austin Roses.
Named after William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, which was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London on Nov. 1, 1604.
Tip #31 – When things are not moving favorably for you, think about what’s positive and how you can build on it.
Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.