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Status of Invasive Plants in Georgia

Total number of exotic species reported: 473

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 37924


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 15 species, 449 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 13 records
  • Conifer Trees - 1 species, 3 records
  • Ferns - 1 species, 9 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 218 species, 3043 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 81 species, 2604 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 36 species, 2749 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 58 species, 9985 records
  • Vines - 44 species, 14146 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 11355 reports
  2. privet - 5627 reports
  3. Chinese privet - 1317 reports
  4. sericea lespedeza - 1191 reports
  5. kudzu - 896 reports
  6. chinaberry - 816 reports
  7. mimosa - 808 reports
  8. Japanese stiltgrass - 669 reports
  9. Japanese climbing fern - 644 reports
  10. shrubby lespedeza - 451 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 - 141/159 (89%)
  5. mimosa - 139/159 (87%)
  6. sericea lespedeza - 135/159 (85%)
  7. chinaberry - 125/159 (79%)
  8. shrubby lespedeza - 88/159 (55%)
  9. Japanese stiltgrass - 83/159 (52%)
  10. Chinese wisteria - 79/159 (50%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Clarke County - 317 species
  2. Lowndes County - 211 species
  3. Chatham County - 197 species
  4. Tift County - 183 species
  5. Morgan County - 175 species
  6. Elbert County - 172 species
  7. Grady County - 159 species
  8. Rabun County - 157 species
  9. Harris County - 154 species
  10. Baker County - 149 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Glascock County - 12 species
  2. Quitman County - 15 species
  3. Webster County - 16 species
  4. Warren County - 18 species
  5. Schley County - 19 species
  6. Bleckley County - 19 species
  7. Montgomery County - 19 species
  8. Chattahoochee County - 19 species
  9. Taliaferro County - 20 species
  10. Wilkinson County - 20 species

Report created on August 3, 2015 at 11:20 PM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.