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A sloping hill with a fence at the bottom and a parked silver car. There appear to be trees on the slope. The entire slope, trees, and fence are covered with bright green vines.

Other names: Kudzu, Pueraria montana

Where did it come from?

Kudzu was introduced into gardens in the early 1900s and was later used for forage.

Why is it invasive?

It grows quickly over other small plants, trees, and on to structures like telephone poles. It can girdle trees and shades out native plants below it.

How do you prevent its spread?

Remove it from your property and clean your shoes and clothes after spending time outdoors to avoid transporting seeds.


Species assessment

Kudzu overview

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Image credit: Katie Ashdown