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Pueraria lobata /Kudzu

Pueraria lobata  / Pueraria lobata
A common sight along the highways in Mississippi and other southern states
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A common sight along the highways in Mississippi and other southern states

Kudzu covering entire tree canopies in Natchez, MS

Close-up image of the three-leaflet leaves

Ludzu covering all vegetation in its path of fast growth

Kudzu covering all types of terrain especially soils that have erodied

Kudzu used as an ornamental vine to provide privacy for a basketball court

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Scientific Name: Pueraria lobata
Common Name: Kudzu
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Red, Purple
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Comments: This fast growing vine is very invasive and can cover a mature tree in just a couple of years. It was introduced into the southeast USA to help control erosion on slopes, particularly along highways. Although it is invasive, it does control erosion and is a soil building legume.