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Status of Invasive Plants in Georgia

Total number of exotic species reported: 460

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 37068


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 15 species, 447 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 13 records
  • Conifer Trees - 1 species, 3 records
  • Ferns - 1 species, 9 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 220 species, 3053 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 81 species, 2577 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 35 species, 2652 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 58 species, 9711 records
  • Vines - 45 species, 13887 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 11244 reports
  2. privet - 5626 reports
  3. sericea lespedeza - 1174 reports
  4. Chinese privet - 1105 reports
  5. kudzu - 875 reports
  6. chinaberry - 798 reports
  7. mimosa - 751 reports
  8. Japanese stiltgrass - 649 reports
  9. Japanese climbing fern - 633 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 - 140/159 (88%)
  5. mimosa - 137/159 (86%)
  6. sericea lespedeza - 134/159 (84%)
  7. chinaberry - 122/159 (77%)
  8. shrubby lespedeza - 88/159 (55%)
  9. Japanese stiltgrass - 82/159 (52%)
  10. johnsongrass - 77/159 (48%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Clarke County - 317 species
  2. Lowndes County - 210 species
  3. Chatham County - 196 species
  4. Morgan County - 173 species
  5. Elbert County - 172 species
  6. Grady County - 158 species
  7. Rabun County - 157 species
  8. Harris County - 154 species
  9. Baker County - 148 species
  10. Bartow County - 147 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

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

Report created on September 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.