Once established, kudzu grows at a rate of one foot per day with mature vines as long as 100 feet. Department of the Environment and Energy. (18 cm) in width and grow to 9 ft. (3.8 m) deep. Kudzu is so aggressive it covers and smothers all other plants in its path resulting in solid stands that can eliminate native species. This invasive vine colonizes by prolific growth along the ground and into tree canopies. National Invasive Species Information Center, Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) - Kudzu, Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual - Kudzu, New York Invasive Species Information - Kudzu, Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) -, The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Kudzu, Japanese Arrowroot, Invasive Plants: Restricted Invasive Plants - Kudzu, Forest Pests: Invasive Plants and Insects of Maryland - Kudzu (Aug 2012) (PDF | 670 KB), Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Kudzu (PDF | 211 KB), Publications - Weed Control for Lawn and Garden, The History and Use of Kudzu in the Southeastern United States (2018), Introduced Species Summary Project - Kudzu, Invasive, Exotic Plants of the Southeast - Kudzu, Kudzu in Alabama: History, Uses, and Control (PDF | 1.46 MB). Kudzu is a climbing, semi-woody, vine with deciduous, lobed leaves. Kudzu is known Kudzu is definitely labeled as a noxious weed and is an invasive threat in some areas. Climate change also can lead to more regional drought, an opportunity for this versatile killer. These vines may grow into a shrub shape. It is a green, leavy vine that quickly spreads and climbs over everything in its path. Forest Service. Kudzu originally was introduced into … Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Description Kudzu is a perennial, trailing or climbing vine of the legume family. Native Range: Kudzu is found throughout Asia, including China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Invasive Fish Legislation What Does The Law Say? An invasive plant as fast-growing as kudzu outcompetes everything from native grasses to fully mature trees by shading them from the sunlight they need to photosynthesize. Kudzu is a highly aggressive, invasive plant that is extremely difficult to control once established. Sources: National Invasive Species Information Center. Kudzu is so aggressive it covers and smothers all other plants in its path and eliminates native species. Of the many invasive exotic plants that were originally introduced to stop soil erosion and improve soils, kudzu is one of the worst. Kudzu roots are fleshy, with massive tap roots 7 inches or more in diameter, 6 feet or more in length, and weighing as much as 400 pounds. In addition to being quite invasive, poison ivy is toxic for many people, as are many members of the cashew family. Kudzu, Pueraria montana, smothers all other vegetation around, including tall trees. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Kudzu. Dr. James H. Miller's Kudzu Eradication and Management. It can also be found in forests or meadows growing across the ground or attached to trees (pictured above). Introduction: Brought to U.S. in 1876 as ornamental, spread from 1930s–1950s for erosion control, Identification: semi-woody vine with alternating leaves made of three oval-shaped or lobed leaflets. 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