[tomato] Re: Kudzu

Paul Reynolds (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Tue, 06 Apr 1999 08:40:18 -0500

Kudzu is a prohibitive weed.  If I recall correctly, it is a plant that is on
all state and federal prohibitive lists of the SE US.  In other words, if you
get caught propogating it, you could be brought up on federal and state
charges.  This is some serious stuff here.

It was orginally imported as fodder and forage for livestock, and it is
wonderful as such.  However, it is very invasive and has the capability of
killing a 50-60 foot mature tree within 5 years.  It basically smothers
everything in its path.  It's growth form is a vine.

I know we have a similar problem in our area with Mustang grape.  I've seen
where it has succeeded in killing 50-60+ year old pecan and oak trees due to
lack of attention by the property owners.  Fortunately, Mustang and Muscadine
aren't as aggressive and prolific as Kudzu.

Paul Reynolds