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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:



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Council or Task Force

Invasive Plants of Ohio: Fact Sheet 8 - Multiflora Rose (PDF | 276 KB)
Ohio Invasive Plants Council.
See also: Invasive Plants of Ohio for worst invasive plant species identified in Ohio's natural areas

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 MidSouth - Multiflora Rose
Mississippi State University. Geosystems Research Institute.

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

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Multiflora Rose
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Invasive Species Compendium - Rosa multiflora
CAB International.

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

Federal Government

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.

National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System (NEMESIS): Chesapeake Bay Introduced Species Database - Rosa multiflora
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.

State Government

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

See also: Invasive Plants and Insects Fact Sheets for additional species to help control invasive species in Maryland

Field Guide: Invasive - Multiflora Rose
Missouri Department of Conservation.
See also: Problem Plant Control (scroll to Invasive Plants section) for more information to help you identify and control most common invasive plants in Missouri

Fact Sheet: Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) (2014; PDF | 222 KB)
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: New Hampshire's Prohibited Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for additional invasive trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants

Invasive Species Leaflet - Rosa multiflora (Multiflora Rose) (Mar 2010; PDF | 154 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Forest Service.

See also: Forest Health Publications for more Invasive Species Leaflets

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

See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands

King County (Washington) Noxious Weed Control Program - Multiflora Rose
King County Department of Natural Resources (Washington). Water and Land Resources Division.

Multiflora Rose
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Multiflora Rose and Its Control
Iowa State University. Extension and Outreach.

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, 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.

Invasive Plant Fact Sheet - Multiflora Rose (Nov 2011; PDF | 341 KB)
University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Flora Project of Morris Arboretum.
See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for additional invasive plants in Pennsylvania

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


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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