Rosa multiflora

Common Names: Multiflora rose, Japanese rose, baby rose, many-flowered rose, seven-sisters rose, Eijitsu rose
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Rose family

It is native to eastern Asia however it is a widely cultivated plant and common in eastern North American as an invasive species. It is a scrambling shrub climbing over other plants to a height of 3 to 5 m, with stout stems with recurved prickles (sometimes absent). The leaves are 5 to 10 cm long, compound, with 5 to 9 leaflets and feathered stipules. The flowers are produced in large corymbs, each flower small, 1.5 to 4 cm diameter, white or pink, borne in early summer. The hips are reddish to purple, 6 to 8 mm diameter.

In Connecticut it's often found in landscaping and gardens, as well as an invasive species in forests, meadows, and forest edges.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Pink
Edible Notes: The rose hips are edible, tart, and good for making tea or jellies.
Warnings: The plant produces sharp thorns which are capable of inflicting minor injury.