Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

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Multiflora Rose
Shrub, up to 15’ in height. Prevalent along riverbanks and in rich forest soils; also found
in open areas.
Identification:

  • Flowers can be white or pink; fragrant.
  • Stems are red or green in color and have prickers.
  • Leaves are elliptical and smooth with serrated margins.
  • Fruit are red and nearly spherical.
The Problem:
Escapes from planted landscapes into natural areas, rapidly developing into dense colonies; displaces native understory shrubs important to songbirds. Infestations can be many acres in size.
Remains popular in nursery trade due to easy propagation (high profit margin), fast growth rate, and brilliant red fall color.