Cayratia japonica /Bushkiller

Cayratia japonica  / Cayratia japonica
Compound leaves
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Compound leaves


Vine covering a ligustrum

Vine covering a large ligustrum

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Scientific Name: Cayratia japonica
Common Name: Bushkiller
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Poor
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: 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.