Dee W
Dee W
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Asked on Jun 9, 2013

Plant identification

Sue KienePegDebby Boyle
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Please help me identify this plant. It is prickly and very spindly. Receives morning light and has never flowered before this year. Normally I prune it back every fall but did not do it this past year and am wondering if that is why it has flowers.
has sharp thorn-like growths
has sharp thorn-like growths
flower is small, white and grows far out on the branches, not near the main body
flower is small, white and grows far out on the branches, not near the main body
22 answers
  • Maureen O'Donovan
    on Jun 9, 2013

    Looks like a rose. Have you ever had a rose in this spot that you thought never made it? Could be from the root stalk of a rose that had been grafted that had died earlier.

  • Gayle Valverde
    on Jun 9, 2013

    I agree...try feeding it with a rose food and cut off any growth that looks like a sucker stem. :)

  • Dee W
    on Jun 9, 2013

    I need a clarification about a response Could it be "wild rose?" I have never bought roses and yet these 2 bushes are planted like I had done it. Maybe they were mislabeled when I bought them, been about 5 years already so I don't even know what I thought they should have been. What is a sucker stem?

  • Debbie Gates
    on Jun 9, 2013

    I think this may be a Dog Rose. Here's a link for it: http://hedgerowmobile.com/dogrose.html

  • Gayle Valverde
    on Jun 10, 2013

    It's growth outside of the root ball...here's a Utube video link for you. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQVIlLgfTWg

  • Dee W
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Thank-you @Gayle Valverde for the link-it is very informative and I can see how this will neaten up the plant more than what I have been doing. I would like to move these plants, would it be best to wait until fall?

  • Gayle Valverde
    on Jun 10, 2013

    I think so,but just did some research & here's what I got: "Move them in the autumn when the ground is damp and frost free. First prepare you new planting hole making it about 12 to 15 inches deep. You can put some well rotted compost or manure and some straw in the hole and dig it in a little. Cut the roses to be transplanted back to about 2 to 4 ft depending on the plant. You will need to put your spade right in about a foot or more away from the plant stem all the way round before prizing out the plant. Shake off some of the soil so you can see the roots. Tidy up them up if you see any dead stringy bits. Now put the plant in the new hole and leave any graft mark on the stem above the ground - that is, plant it about the same depth as before." I only have 4 foot tree roses and was forced to move 6 of them this last February...I lost one already & one will probably not make it. It was 108 degrees here yesterday, but 4 are doing well so far...LOL

  • Lawn Pro
    on Jun 10, 2013

    it is a rose,after they bloom,and white has turned brown dead head them. (remove spent petals)

  • Pam Perkins Zirbel
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Funny..I moved into my hubbies house in 2004 and never planted roses either...but I also have these roses!!! Tiny white flowers...there are about 4 of these in our garden against the house. I thought weird too as I didnt plant mine either, but I knew they were roses, just not sure what kind Dog roses, need to watch the video that Debbie Gates' had posted! Thanks for your post Dee and thanks for everyone elses' response!! Good luck!!

  • Pam Perkins Zirbel
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Well...just looked at the dog rose site and mine arent like that. My white 'roses' are TINY...the dog rose is gorgeous !! LOL...oh well...enjoy and either move/kill or live with them!! Have a great day Dee!!! :)

  • Cindy tustin
    on Jun 10, 2013

    This is a wild rose birds eat the seeds and deposit it,that is the reason they usually appear in shaded areas or under an electric line a fence any place the birds lite and deposit. they bloom white very short lived blooms but very fragrant also can be very invasive. I just dug out 2 they were more trouble not worth the short blooming time thorny and spread quickly. I live in the country and if not controled they will take over a pasture or a fence row.

  • Dee W
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Thank-you everyone for your help and advice.

  • H.C. Lawn
    on Jun 10, 2013

    IS it a muilty florial ROSE brought to this country for living fences for cattle

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata) has become invasive in certain parts of the country. It is the state flower for Georgia.

  • Christy Hollier.
    on Jun 10, 2013

    I too got a present from the birds...but my labs dug out my flower box and it died

  • Dee W
    on Jun 10, 2013

    This is a plant that for me is worth keeping and cultivating. Thank-you everyone for your help in identifying and caring for them.

  • Judy
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Is this it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_multiflora We have wild roses in our yard & elsewhere in this area but ours are pink.

  • Dee W
    on Jun 11, 2013

    @Judy ---I can't tell for sure because the flowers look similar in several pictures. My leaves seem more yellow-green in color and jagged than any of the pictures, but I appreciate you posting another variety. Mine has also not spread so would not consider it invasive.

  • Maria
    on Jun 11, 2013

    its a wild rose i have them growing along a pasture fence, some are pink,yellow and creamy white

  • Debby Boyle
    on Jun 11, 2013

    It is a rose!!!!

  • Peg
    on Jun 11, 2013

    I call them wild rambling roses, they are all over here. They'll grow big and take over if not kept trimmed. Mix them with the pink and red types, very pretty. They're in full bloom now in NY.

  • Sue Kiene
    on May 25, 2016

    agreed, wild rose, definitely keep it trimmed.

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