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Multiflora Rose

Scientific Name

Rosa multiflora Thunb. (ITIS)

Common Name

Multiflora rose, baby rose, Japanese rose, seven-sisters rose, rambler rose, multiflowered rose

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)


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

Multiflora rose
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Multiflora rose, flowers in April


Photo by James H. Miller; USDA, Forest Service

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Selected Resources

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  • 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 Sep 19, 2023].

  • 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.