Cayratia japonica /Bushkiller
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Vine covering a ligustrum
Vine covering a large ligustrum
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9, 10, 11
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20- 30 feet
Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Well drained, Moist, Poor
Rate of Growth:
This is an obnoxious vine that grows rampant over everything in its path by long tendrils. It is most difficult to control because growth arises from fleshy underground tubers that are difficult to eradicate. This vine does not respond well to most of the chemical herbicides that will control many weeds and other volunteer plants. To control, find the source of the plant growth at the ground level, cut the vine and as new foliage emerges then spray with a weed killer. It may take several treatments to eradicate this terribly aggressive vine that is particularly prevelant in the Coastal South. It can grow so dense that it smothers plants over which it grows.
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