Cayratia japonica

The Bushkiller vine, which is similar in appearance to the native vine Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia, is native to Southeast Asia and Australia. It is thought to have been introduced into the U.S. as an ornamental, and was first documented outside of cultivation in Louisiana in 1964. Bushkiller rapidly grows up and over other plants, reducing their growth by shading and rendering host plants top heavy and unable to withstand high winds.

It is thought to reproduce and spread only vegetatively in North America. Bushkiller is classified by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a Tier II invasive species defined as “currently causing moderately negative impacts on wildlife or natural communities in Louisiana”. It is not sold in the nursery trade today.

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