Rosa multiflora
multiflora rose

Rosa multiflora
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Botanical name: Rosa multiflora
Common name: multiflora rose
Group: dicot
Family: Rosaceae
Growth type: vine
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: to 15'
Foliage: alternate, divided into 7 to 9 leaflets, toothed or serated. Thorny stems can be quite troublesome.
Flower: white to pink, 5 petals
Flowering time: June
Habitat: wide tolerance for a number of soils and light conditions.
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Rosa multiflora is designated a noxious weed in several states. It was originally introduced in the 1800s from Asia as an ornamental, and planted for its berries for bird food, as well as a "fence" for cattle.