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Many-flowered Rose

Rosa floribunda

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Rosaceae (Rose)
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Deciduous shrub
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Maximum Size:
2.5 metres long
Gardens, hedgerows, parks, wasteland, woodland.

White, 5 petals
The flowers of the Many-flowered Rose, also known as the Many-flowered Sweetbriar (Rosa multiflora), exhibit a delightful array of petals that are typically drenched in various shades of pink, ranging from pale pastels to rich, vibrant hues. These exquisite blooms are characterized by their dainty, fragrant petals, which gracefully encircle a bright yellow center. Each flower possesses a quintessential rosette shape, with numerous delicate, finely serrated leaflets forming the outer structure. The Many-flowered Rose's blossoms exude a captivating charm, drawing one in with their sweet fragrance and timeless elegance, making them a cherished sight in gardens across the United Kingdom.
The fruit of the Many-flowered Rose, also known as the Many-flowered Sweetbriar (Rosa multiflora), is a small, round, and strikingly attractive hip, displaying a deep red or scarlet hue when fully ripened. These hips, reminiscent of miniature tomatoes, are laden with glossy seeds and are encased within a fleshy, fragrant covering. Within the UK, these rose hips are not only appreciated for their visual appeal but also valued for their rich nutritional content, as they are a renowned source of vitamin C and are often utilized in culinary preparations and traditional remedies.
The leaves of the Many-flowered Rose, also known as the Many-flowered Sweetbriar (Rosa multiflora), are composed of pinnately compound leaflets that display a vivid green colouration. These elegantly serrated leaflets are arranged alternately along the stem and possess a glossy texture, giving the plant a lush and vibrant appearance. Each leaflet typically consists of a central vein from which smaller leaflets branch out, creating a feather-like appearance. The leaves are deciduous, shedding during the autumn season, but before doing so, they often turn various shades of yellow and red, contributing to the plant's overall aesthetic appeal. In the United Kingdom, the Many-flowered Rose's leaves are appreciated for their graceful form and contribute to the plant's beauty throughout the year.
The Many-flowered Rose, or Many-flowered Sweetbriar (Rosa multiflora), exudes a delicate and enchanting fragrance that graces the air with a sweet and slightly fruity aroma. The scent of its blossoms is often described as having subtle notes of honey, apple, and citrus, creating a pleasantly fragrant experience. This captivating fragrance is a key feature that adds to the allure of the Many-flowered Rose, making it a beloved addition to gardens across the United Kingdom. The sweet and inviting scent of its blooms makes it a delightful choice for those who appreciate the sensory pleasures of a garden filled with roses.
Other Names:
Japanese Rose, Multiflora Rose, Rambler Rose, Seven-sisters Rose.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Rosa floribunda is a type of rose that is known for its large clusters of flowers. These flowers are typically large and showy, with many petals and a wide range of colors. They are often used in gardens and landscaping as a result of their beautiful blooms. They can be trained to grow as a shrub or a climbing vine. They are hardy in USDA zones 6-9. Floribunda roses are often used in cut flower arrangements and as landscape plants. They require regular watering and fertilizing, and they should be pruned annually to promote healthy growth. They are also prone to pests and diseases, such as blackspot and powdery mildew, so it is important to regularly check for and treat these issues.


Rosa floribunda, also known as the many-flowered rose, is a beautiful and popular species of rose that is beloved by many gardeners and rose enthusiasts around the world. This stunning plant produces clusters of small, colorful blooms that are renowned for their beauty and fragrance, making it a popular choice for a wide range of gardening applications.

In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the many-flowered rose, exploring its characteristics, history, and growing requirements. Whether you're a seasoned rose grower or a beginner looking to add some beauty to your garden, read on to learn more about this captivating plant.

Characteristics of the Many-Flowered Rose

The many-flowered rose is a deciduous shrub that can grow to a height of up to 7 feet, with a similar spread. It has dark green leaves that are typically oval-shaped and sharply toothed, and its flowers bloom in clusters, with each cluster containing multiple individual flowers.

The blooms of the many-flowered rose come in a wide range of colors, including shades of pink, red, orange, and yellow. They have a distinctive fragrance that is often described as sweet and spicy, and their petals are soft and delicate, giving the blooms a gentle, romantic appearance.

History of the Many-Flowered Rose

Rosa floribunda was first developed in the early 20th century, through hybridization of several other rose species, including Rosa multiflora and Rosa chinensis. It was first introduced to the United States in the 1920s, where it quickly became a popular choice for home gardeners and landscapers.

Over the years, many different cultivars of the many-flowered rose have been developed, each with its own unique characteristics and growing requirements. Some of the most popular cultivars include 'Iceberg', 'Sunsprite', and 'Angel Face', each of which offers its own distinctive blend of color, fragrance, and bloom size.

Growing Requirements for the Many-Flowered Rose

The many-flowered rose is a hardy and adaptable plant that can thrive in a wide range of growing conditions. However, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind when planting and caring for this beautiful shrub.

First and foremost, the many-flowered rose requires well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. It prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade, particularly in hot climates. It is also important to provide regular watering during the growing season, particularly during periods of dry weather.

In terms of pruning, the many-flowered rose benefits from annual pruning to promote healthy growth and improve the overall appearance of the plant. This typically involves removing any dead or damaged wood, as well as shaping the plant to maintain its desired size and shape.

Final Thoughts

The many-flowered rose is a stunning and versatile plant that is beloved by gardeners around the world. With its beautiful blooms, sweet fragrance, and hardy growing habits, it's no wonder that this species of rose has become a perennial favorite among gardeners of all skill levels.

Whether you're looking to add a splash of color to your garden, create a fragrant hedge, or simply enjoy the beauty of this captivating plant, the many-flowered rose is an excellent choice. With the right care and attention, it will reward you with years of beautiful blooms and lasting enjoyment.

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In addition to its many aesthetic qualities, the many-flowered rose is also an important source of food and shelter for a variety of wildlife. Its sweet, fragrant blooms attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, helping to support local ecosystems and promote biodiversity. Its thorny branches also provide a safe haven for nesting birds, protecting them from predators and harsh weather conditions.

Moreover, the many-flowered rose has a long history of use in traditional medicine and herbalism. Its flowers and hips are high in vitamin C and other beneficial compounds, making them a popular ingredient in teas, tinctures, and other natural remedies. Some studies have even suggested that certain compounds found in the many-flowered rose may have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, although more research is needed to confirm these potential health benefits.

While the many-flowered rose is generally a hardy and low-maintenance plant, there are a few potential issues that gardeners should be aware of. One common problem is powdery mildew, a fungal disease that can cause a white, powdery coating to appear on the leaves and stems of the plant. To prevent this issue, it's important to plant the many-flowered rose in an area with good air circulation and to avoid overhead watering, which can encourage the growth of fungal spores.

Another issue to watch out for is aphids, small insects that can feed on the sap of the plant and cause damage to the leaves and stems. Fortunately, there are a variety of natural and chemical treatments available to help control aphids and prevent them from causing significant harm to the plant.

In terms of landscaping and design, the many-flowered rose is a versatile and adaptable plant that can be used in a wide range of settings. Its clustered blooms and attractive foliage make it an excellent choice for borders, hedges, and accent plants, and its compact size and hardy nature make it well-suited for use in small gardens, containers, and other limited-space applications.

Whether you're looking to create a romantic and fragrant garden, attract pollinators and wildlife, or simply enjoy the beauty and versatility of this captivating plant, the many-flowered rose is a wonderful choice that is sure to delight and inspire you for years to come.


Video 1: A Many-flowered Rose filmed in Adlington, Lancashire, 14th June 2022.


Video 2: The Many-flowered Rose filmed in Wigan, Lancashire on the 9th June 2023.


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