Multiflora Rose Rosa Multiflora
Rose Rosaceae family

Leaves are compound and alternate, having between 7 and 9 leaflets, egg-shaped to elliptical and roughly toothed.

Flowers/Fruits: Flowers are numerous, showy and usually white, occasionally pink. The flowers have 5 petals and measure about 1" across. Blooms May through June followed by red fruits or rose hips, which stay intact through the winter.

Buds/Twigs: Multiflora rose has arching stems or canes, which are very thorny.

Form/Habitat: Introduced from China this plant is considered a noxious weed in many states and is hard to eradicate, in NH it is considered invasive. Grows to heights of 15' and thrives in several locations such as woodlands, forest edges, savannas and prairies.

Interesting Fact: Multiflora Rose was considered a valuable wildlife plant both as cover for small animals and food for numerous birds. For this reason, conservation commissions across the country supported and even distributed this plant for free to farmers and land owners in the 1930's. Some years later, it became a problem due to rapid and uncontrollable spreading as both seeds and cane tips sprouted new growth.

NWI Status: FACU

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