Macartney rose

Rosa bracteata Wendl.



Macartney rose is an introduced, warm-season perennial of the Rose family. It is an evergreen shrub that can grow to almost 10 feet tall. This plant is commonly considered an invasive species or pest. Historically, Macartney rose was planted on Texas landscapes as a living fence.

The stems have paired, very broad-based prickles. Each leaf is made up of five to nine tough, thick leaflets. The leaflets are lustrous above and a duller green beneath.

The flowers occur singly or in groups of one to three on short stalks. The flower petals are white. The fruit is round or spherical like that of other members of the Rose family.

Macartney rose has no grazing value for livestock or wildlife but may serve as escape cover for rodents and other small mammals.


This shrub grows in disturbed areas, rangeland, pastureland, drainage ditches and river bottoms, and along roadsides and fence lines.