Invasive Species Spotlight: Multiflora Rose

As you drive along this time of year, you may notice many bushes covered in small white flowers (see pictures). It is the best time to spot a very aggressive invasive plant called multiflora rose, which right now is covered in clusters of small, white blooms and can be easily distinguished. When it’s not blooming, another way to identify it is to look for a fringe at the base of each compound leaf. This thorny bush can create a problem on land managed for grazing as well as for hayfields. It also can completely take over old field areas, forest edges and other areas, crowding out native plants including young trees. Multiflora rose grows vigorously after cutting, and animals will generally graze around it. The best organic method to control it is by digging it out or pulling it with a tractor. Multiflora rose can also be killed with a foliar application of herbicide. If you have a few of these plants on your land, it is best to remove them before they become widely established. Please contact us if you have more questions about multiflora rose or other invasives.