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Status of Invasive Plants in North Carolina

Total number of exotic species reported: 544

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 52979


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 18 species, 527 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 2 records
  • Conifer Trees - 4 species, 11 records
  • Ferns - 1 species, 3 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 282 species, 12099 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 86 species, 7374 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 39 species, 2826 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 71 species, 9093 records
  • Vines - 42 species, 11819 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Japanese honeysuckle - 7880 reports
  2. privet - 2508 reports
  3. Japanese stiltgrass - 2008 reports
  4. Chinese privet - 1696 reports
  5. sericea lespedeza - 1662 reports
  6. oriental bittersweet - 1053 reports
  7. kudzu - 842 reports
  8. multiflora rose - 756 reports
  9. weeping lovegrass - 656 reports
  10. tree-of-heaven - 654 reports

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

  1. kudzu - 100/100 (100%)
  2. Japanese honeysuckle - 99/100 (99%)
  3. Queen Anne's lace, wild carrot - 97/100 (97%)
  4. privet - 96/100 (96%)
  5. buckhorn plantain - 95/100 (95%)
  6. sericea lespedeza - 94/100 (94%)
  7. bush honeysuckles (exotic) - 94/100 (94%)
  8. large crabgrass - 93/100 (93%)
  9. common vetch - 93/100 (93%)
  10. common chickweed - 92/100 (92%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Orange County - 318 species
  2. Jackson County - 287 species
  3. Wake County - 281 species
  4. Mecklenburg County - 276 species
  5. Haywood County - 275 species
  6. Durham County - 257 species
  7. Madison County - 254 species
  8. Buncombe County - 244 species
  9. Ashe County - 236 species
  10. Forsyth County - 228 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Camden County - 43 species
  2. Perquimans County - 65 species
  3. Yadkin County - 88 species
  4. Tyrrell County - 101 species
  5. Pamlico County - 101 species
  6. Anson County - 110 species
  7. Davie County - 112 species
  8. Bladen County - 112 species
  9. Alexander County - 113 species
  10. Montgomery County - 114 species

Report created on July 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.