Pest plant - Dog rose and sweet briar rose

  • Fact sheet
  • August 2015

Dog rose (Rosa canina) and sweet briar rose (Rosa rubiginosa) are spiny perennial shrubs that form dense impenetrable thickets. Both are highly unpalatable to stock and out-compete native vegetation.


Dog rose

Sweet briar rose         

Why is it a problem?

Both species:



Both species

Sweet briar

Dog rose

How it spreads

  • birds and wild fruit-eating animals are the main cause of seed dispersal
  • in the hooves or fur of stock animals
  • by water along waterways and washing off steep slopes.

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