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Kudzu or english ivy?
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Ron,Ar    Posted 01-04-2004 at 15:41:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am trying to identify an invasive vine/plant I saw recently. I thought it was Kudzu (the plant that ate the south) but my sister thinks it's English Ivy. It has spread across my Dads back yard, up several big Oak trees, across the fence and into the pasture. It was not near that bad last year. Anybody know what the leaves of kudzu and English ivy look like?

Chicken Girl    Posted 01-04-2004 at 15:57:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Kudzu has big fuzzy green leaves and look kind of like fig leaves to me. Kudzu is hard to kill but is actually very useful. It was imported here to be an ornamental plant, it can be used to make rope and cloth and I think the leaves are even edible, but I wouldn't want to try it.
I think it is beautiful in it's own way. I had a lot of fun playing inside once, because my friend had it in her backyard. We made tunnels inside and it was like being in a jungle. Even during a light rainstorm a person wouldn't get wet if they were under a lot of kudzu. Criminals always seem to run into a forest of kudzu to hide. I've seen kudzu grow into interesting shapes on it's own. I guess if a person made a big wire frame, and they had the patience they could grow it into a neat shape. I imagine that if mankind died out it would quickly cover all the buildings and in just a few years there would be nothing left. Nature would take care of clearing everyting out. Kudzu would be like a bulldozer.

TO35..heres a link    Posted 01-04-2004 at 15:55:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heres a link the tell goes keep your windows closed at

TO35    Posted 01-04-2004 at 15:49:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Ron...kudzu has big leaves about half the size of dollar bills....Ivey is much smaller.
I can post you a picture(tomorrow) of kudzu if you wanna looksee...


Ron,Ar    Posted 01-04-2004 at 15:53:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, I wanna see the shape of the leaf itself. I have only seen kudzu at a distance.

~Lenore    Posted 01-04-2004 at 17:49:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

Kudzu is not a shiney leaf like most ivy, and the underside is silvery powdery looking. It also has berries frequently, ivy does not.

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