invasive multiflora rose shrub with white flowers

Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora). Photo: Rob Routledge, Sault College,

Updated: February 22, 2023

About multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora)

Life cycle

Perennial shrub with thorny arching stems that can root at tips

Growth habit

Compound leaves with 5-7 toothed leaflets and stipules at base of leaf stalk; shrubby

infestation of multiflora rose
Photo: Leslie Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,


Seeds and runners (stem) that root and can quickly take over an unmanaged area

Conditions that favor growth

Common weed of open, unmanaged areas; once used as a rootstock, it has escaped cultivation

Cultural control

Mechanically remove and destroy branches; keep new shoots from getting reestablished by repeated mowings per year over several seasons

Additional resources

Invasive Shrub Control

Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas

(PDF) Weeds Gone Wild: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas

Multiflora Rose | Penn State Extension

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