Is this a rose or a weed

Desirai(7B)March 20, 2014

so, this one needs kind of an explanation. So I was trekking thru the swamp chasing my dog and got attacked by a thorny limb.
It was like... a long vine thing with little serrated leaves on it. And I look down and it has a dozen suckers that all look like miniature rose bushes. I was in the woods covered in mud so I didn't have my camera, so I just ripped up one of the suckers.
I am 5'6 and it was at least 1.5ft above me, but it was twisted with itself with its long viney branches and so it was bent over in a U shape. it was covered in short thorns. It's in a place of the woods where it will have pretty much 80% shade, the only sun will be early morning sun.
Was it a giant rose bush of some sort!?!? Should I go dig up the entire thing!?!?
Here's some pictures of the sucker I pulled up--there are no thorns on it.


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seil zone 6b MI

It looks like a rose to me. It's probably one of the wild species roses. They can thrive in a lot of unfavorable conditions. Let it bloom and post another picture and we may be able to ID it.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 6:32PM
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Adrift-in-beauty(9b)

When I was in Missouri I saw wild roses in winter I was to embarrassed to ask if what they look like and if they bloom a lot ....

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 12:46PM
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melissa_thefarm(NItaly)

In what part of the country did you find this rose? Different areas have different native species. Also there are introduced roses that have naturalized, like Rosa multiflora.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 2:40AM
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