Multiflora Rose Control Project

Report No: 82-R18

Published in 1981

About the report:

The bulk of the multiflora rose problems in Virginia are confined to the southwest portion of the state. This does not mean that there are no problems with the species in other portions of the commonwealth but rather that the bulk of the landowner complaints come from this area. The topography of the Shenandoah Valley throughout this area is conducive to grazing of livestock and consequently, that industry is a real presence there. Unfortunately, the presence of the grazing industry and the topography it thrives on is also conducive to the spread of multiflora rose. Plantings of multiflora rose in Virginia date back to early conservation efforts and as such, the species has been present throughout the state for many years. Later plantings by the Department of Highways and Transportation, however, have been the sources of the most recent complaints. Their prominence on the highway rights-of-way makes them subject to constant perusal and attachment of blame. It is this problem that the following research report addresses.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

W. E. Chappell, Perry Lloyd Hipkins

Last updated: January 21, 2024

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