Hybrid Multiflora (HMult)
Hybrid Multiflora roses are a group of hybrid roses that originated from the wild species Rosa multiflora. They were developed primarily for their abundant blooms and vigorous growth, making them ideal for use in hedges, screens, and large plantings.
Hybrid Multiflora roses are known for their clusters of small, fragrant flowers that bloom profusely in late spring to early summer. The flowers range in color from white to shades of pink and red, and some varieties may have yellow or orange tones as well. The foliage of Hybrid Multiflora roses is typically dark green and glossy, and some varieties may have a slightly reddish tint.
One of the most famous Hybrid Multiflora roses is the ‘Seven Sisters’ rose, which is named for the clusters of blooms that range in color from light pink to dark red. Other popular varieties include ‘Crimson Rambler’, ‘James Veitch’, and ‘Paul’s Scarlet Climber’.
Hybrid Multiflora roses were first developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by breeders such as William Paul, and later by Paul’s son, Paul Jr., and Joseph Pemberton. These roses were widely used in landscaping projects and public parks, and they continue to be popular today for their beauty, hardiness, and ease of care.