• Breeders of english roses
  • Winners of 21 chelsea flower show gold medals
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Jude the Obscure

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

Large, chalice-shaped blooms with an award-winning fruity scent
Magnificent, soft yellow, chalice-shaped blooms. Outstanding fruity fragrance. Very free-flowering.
  • Bred by David Austin
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Delivery information

Standard delivery 3-5 working days £5.95

Next or nominated working day £7.95

Saturday delivery £20.00

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We offer a 12 month guarantee

We aim to supply roses of the highest quality. However, with living plants problems occasionally arise. If any roses are damaged on receipt, or if they fail to grow in the first 12 months, we will replace them free of charge. For more details about our guarantee, please contact our customer service team on 01902 376300.

Buying options

Autumn-Spring Planting

Bare Root Rose
  • Availability: Pre-order Now
  • Delivery: Within 3-5 working days
  • Buy 3+ for £14.95 each

All Year Planting

Potted Rose
  • Availability: Order Now
  • Delivery: Order by 2pm today to receive by Wed 02 December
  • Buy 3+ for £19.30 each
* The photograph above is an approximate representation of how your rose will arrive if ordered today

Rose characteristics

  • Rose Type English Rose - bred by David Austin
  • Growth Type Shrub Rose
  • Sub Type English Old Rose Hybrid
  • Colour Soft yellow
  • Fragrance Strength Very Strong Fragrance
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Average
  • Height 4ft
  • Width 3.5ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 1995
  • Appellation AUSJO
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Looking for help?

At David Austin Roses we’re committed to helping you through every stage of growing roses – from selecting the right variety to giving your rose the care it needs to thrive. If you’re ready to buy or need more help, talk to one of our friendly rose experts. 

Roses are easy to care for

  • Water until well established
  • Prune once in the winter
  • Feed twice, once in spring and once in summer

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we’ve been asked many times in the past. If your question isn’t covered visit our dedicated FAQ’s page or contact one of our helpful rose experts.

What is the difference between a climber and a rambler?

Climbers generally have large blooms on not too vigorous, rather stiff growth and most repeat flower. Ramblers are in general, much more vigorous. They will produce great quantities of small flowers, although most do not repeat flower. There are exceptions to both these rules: for instance Malvern Hills and Snow Goose are repeat-flowering ramblers whereas Cecile Brunner Climbing is a once flowering climber with small flowers.

Most climbers are best for walls, trellises, arches, obelisks whereas ramblers are generally better for growing into trees and covering pergolas or large structures such as garages or sheds.

What’s the difference between a potted and a bare root rose? Which is best?

When ordering from us you have the choice of buying our roses as bare roots or in pots. Neither option is superior, it is simply a matter of personal choice. Whichever option you choose, your roses are guaranteed to bloom next summer – and for many summers to come.

Please note: ramblers, once flowering Old Roses and species roses all flower on mature wood and therefore may not flower in the first year after planting.


Availability period: November – May

Bare root roses are dormant plants, dug up from the field and shipped without soil. They are the ideal choice if you’re purchasing a large number of roses, as they are very lightweight and are therefore easier to handle in the garden.


Availability period: All Year

Potted roses are the very same roses as bare root roses. After each rose is dug up from the field, it is planted into a 6 litre pot, with our specially formulated planting mix. They are ideal for adding instant colour to the garden during the summer months, as well as making thoughtful gifts throughout the year.

Which roses can I grow in shade?

Please click here to see a list of roses that are ideal for growing in shade.

Which are the most fragrant roses?

Please click here to see a list of our most fragrant roses.

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Detailed Description

A great favourite of many gardeners. ‘Jude the Obscure’ is very free-flowering, bearing very large, incurved, chalice-shaped flowers. The petals are medium yellow on the inside and pale yellow on the outside. Its award-winning fragrance is extremely strong with a delicious fruity note reminiscent of guava and sweet white wine, which delights all who smell the flower.

Growth Habit

It forms an excellent short shrub with strong, upright, bushy growth and light green leaves. We recommend planting it near to the house or close a seating area or path, where its delicious perfume can be enjoyed at close quarters. In warmer climates it can be trained as a superb climber.

Origins of the name

Named after the character in Thomas Hardy’s novel of the same name.

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains.

From a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.

  • Charlotte


    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Golden Celebration

    Golden Celebration

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Teasing Georgia

    Teasing Georgia

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • The Poet's Wife

    The Poet's Wife

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose