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Multiflora Rose

Multiflora RoseScientific name: Rosa multiflora Thunb. (ITIS)

Common name: Multiflora rose, baby rose, Japanese rose, seven-sisters rose, rambler rose, multiflowered rose

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Native To: Eastern Asia (Amrine 2002)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Late 1700s (Amrine 2002)

Means of Introduction: Cultivated as an ornamental, for erosion control, and as a living fence (Amrine 2002)

Impact: Forms dense thickets that invade pastures and crowd out native species (Munger 2002)

Current U.S. Distribution:

  • Invasive Species Maps
    USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.
    Maps are organized for 43 invasive plant species into five categories: trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, and grasses. Select the desired species to view the distribution information for northern states.
  • Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) - Multiflora Rose
    University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
    Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.



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Invasive Plants of Ohio: Fact Sheet 8 - Multiflora Rose (PDF | 276 KB)
Ohio Invasive Plants Council.
Included as one of the worst invasive plant species in Ohio's natural areas; for others see Invasive Plants of Ohio.

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual - Multiflora Rose
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.


Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) - Multiflora rose
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Multiflora Rose
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

New York Invasive Species Information - Multiflora Rose
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Texas Invasives Database - Rosa multiflora

Invasive Species Compendium - Rosa multiflora
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Rosa multiflora (shrub)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.


U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Rosa multiflora
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Rosa multiflora
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Multiflora Rose
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.


Invasive Plants and Insects of Maryland - Multiflora Rose (Aug 2012; PDF | 421 KB)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Forest Service.

Multiflora Rose
Missouri Department of Conservation.

Rosa multiflora (Multiflora Rose) - Invasive Species Leaflet No. 3 (Mar 2010; PDF | 154 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Multiflora Rose (PDF | 152 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Multiflora Rose
King County (Washington). Noxious Weed Control Program.

Multiflora Rose
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Multiflora Rose and Its Control (PDF | 41 KB)
Iowa State University. Extension.

Maine Invasive Plants Bulletin: Multiflora Rose
University of Maine. Cooperative Extension.
See also: Maine Invasive Plants & Entire Series for entire series of 22 fact sheets and invasive plants brochure (available in HTML/PDF or for purchase)

Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth - Multiflora
Mississippi State University. GeoResources Institute.

Invasive, Exotic Plants of the Southeast - Multiflora Rose
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

Introduced Species Summary Project - Multiflora Rose
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Ohio Perennial & Biennial Weed Guide - Multiflora Rose
Ohio State University. Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

Multiflora Rose (PDF | 341 KB)
University of Pennsylvania. Morris Arboretum.

Invasive Plants and Insects: Multiflora Rose
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.


The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Multiflora Rose
Galveston Bay Estuary Program (Texas).

BioBullies - Multiflora Rose
Natural Biodiversity (Western Pennsylvania).

Multiflora Rose
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.


Amrine, J.W. 2002. Multiflora Rose. In: R. Van Driesche et al. (Eds.),  Biological control of invasive plants in the eastern United States (FHTET-2002-04). Morgantown, West Virginia: U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Rosa multiflora. [Accessed Mar 19, 2015].

Munger, G.T. 2002. Rosa multiflora. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

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Last Modified: Jul 20, 2016
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