As noted by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, this plant, once touted as a “living fence”, now creates a “living hell” of thorny thickets. Even in its juvenile stage in early spring, its density of growth is apparent as are the thorns along the stems.
The flowers of multiflora rose are small, beautiful and numerous. The sides or our paths, especially The Path, are almost solid white in late spring.
The many white flowers produce small red fruits that are spread by birds.
The stems are covered with long, sharp thorns that make the plant a serious barrier. When it gets out of control as it has in areas such as the Green Street Woods, large sections of open space are no longer accessible.