Kudzu vine

Pueraria lobata

Overview

The Kudzu vine is a densely-packed climber with large hairy dark brown stems that grow up to 15 meters in length. Native to eastern Asia, it has been imported into the EU only recently as a horticultural curiosity. So far, the species has only escaped into the wild in Italy (as well as in Switzerland). The vine typically grows in mixed forests but has also been found in managed habitats such as road and rail embankments, pastures, conifer plantations and riverbanks. The potential for damage is high because the mass of scrambling leaves can radically alter forest areas and crowd out native shrubs and trees. It can also have negative effects on recreational facilities, as well as on forestry activities and crop production. Once the species is well established, management becomes very difficult. EU-level action includes a ban on sales and any planting or keeping, including in gardens, and a rapid eradication of any new population to avoid the excessively high costs associated with its management later on. Where the species has become widely spread, appropriate management measures have to be taken. EU Management Plan
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