Multiflora rose problem

Asked May 7, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

I have about 4 acres of property, 1.5 of which is wooded and completely filled with multiflora rose and Japanese honeysuckle. These plants have taken over and choking out native plants I am trying to preserve, such as may apple. I would like to clear this invasive stuff, allow the trees and other native plants to grow, and make the wooded area attractive and accessible for walking. Do you have any advice or help available?

Lancaster County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Hello, and thanks for using the Ask an Expert System.
You have several options for controlling these invasive plants, but none of the options are easy, and all will require continued vigilance and effort on your part. I am attaching sites for two documents from the Missouri Department of Conservation for your information. They are both comprehensive listings of mechanical and chemical control methods.
The first is “Multiflora Rose Control” available at
The second is “Japanese Honeysuckle Control” available at
For additional information in your area you can contact the Lancaster Penn State Extension Office. You will find their hours and contact information at
Good luck, and thank you for your efforts to control these invasive plants.