Status of Invasive Plants in Georgia

Total number of exotic species reported: 464

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 35754


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 15 species, 403 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 13 records
  • Conifer Trees - 1 species, 3 records
  • Ferns - 1 species, 9 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 212 species, 3013 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 77 species, 2522 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 33 species, 2533 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 58 species, 9555 records
  • Vines - 44 species, 13780 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 11160 reports
  2. privet - 5626 reports
  3. sericea lespedeza - 1154 reports
  4. Chinese privet - 1018 reports
  5. kudzu - 978 reports
  6. chinaberry - 754 reports
  7. mimosa - 723 reports
  8. Japanese stiltgrass - 634 reports
  9. Japanese climbing fern - 617 reports
  10. shrubby lespedeza - 443 reports

Top Ten Widespread Invasive Plants (by number of positive counties)

  1. kudzu - 159/159 (100%)
  2. Japanese honeysuckle - 159/159 (100%)
  3. privet - 153/159 (96%)
  4. Chinese privet - 137/159 (86%)
  5. sericea lespedeza - 134/159 (84%)
  6. mimosa - 133/159 (84%)
  7. chinaberry - 122/159 (77%)
  8. shrubby lespedeza - 87/159 (55%)
  9. Japanese stiltgrass - 82/159 (52%)
  10. Japanese climbing fern - 76/159 (48%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Clarke County - 312 species
  2. Lowndes County - 209 species
  3. Chatham County - 194 species
  4. Elbert County - 169 species
  5. Morgan County - 169 species
  6. Grady County - 156 species
  7. Rabun County - 152 species
  8. Harris County - 151 species
  9. Baker County - 145 species
  10. McIntosh County - 138 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Glascock County - 9 species
  2. Quitman County - 12 species
  3. Webster County - 12 species
  4. Warren County - 14 species
  5. Schley County - 15 species
  6. Montgomery County - 15 species
  7. Bleckley County - 16 species
  8. Chattahoochee County - 16 species
  9. Taliaferro County - 17 species
  10. Wheeler County - 17 species

Report created on April 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.



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Last updated on Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 08:59 AM