Rose (Rosa multiflora) in the Roses Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Rosa multiflora Accepted
Rosa multiflora f. platyphylla Synonym
Rosa calva Synonym

Also sold as:
Gul Rana

Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Small: under 2"
Bloom shape: Flat
Petal count: Single: 1-7 petals
Rose bloom color: White and white blend
Extra Bloom Info: In large clusters
Rebloom: None
Class: Other: Species, wild
Growth Habit: Climbing up to 10 feet
Fragrance: Strong
Misc: Shade tolerant
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 4 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Plant Height: 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6-8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


Hillfarm Journal:  Hillfarm's RosesHillfarm Journal: Hillfarm's Roses
February 14, 2012

Part of the story of Hillfarm as we know it will always have to be the roses that we found here.

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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Aug 30, 2015 12:14 PM

I have not found this to be invasive in the Pacific NW, and don't find it on our invasive species list. I have a fairly thick stand of it, which has increased over the years, but not overly aggressively. I use it as a pleasant visual screen barrier between my side yard and the neighbor. It does need some room - my hedge is about 8' wide and 20' long. Birds use the hedge for nesting, and it gets lovely big hips in the fall.

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Posted by JuneOntario (Rosemont, Ont. - Zone 4a) on Sep 19, 2013 10:01 AM

Invasive and difficult to remove once established. Seeds are spread by birds.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 19, 2013 3:08 PM

The scent of Rosa multiflora in bloom is wonderful, sweet and not too strong. I think the small single flowers are very pretty also. Rosa multiflora is a once bloomer. It blooms in spring or early in summer and then it is done blooming for the year. After that, it sets lots of small rose hips.

Birds love Rosa multiflora for nesting. For years I had catbirds nesting in my multiflora. Eventually I was able to dig out all of the Rosa multiflora bushes on the property and it has not come back, but there are some growing in my neighbor's yard.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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So pretty! by lovesblooms Apr 23, 2015 10:51 AM 9
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