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Status of Invasive Plants in North Carolina

Total number of exotic species reported: 538

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 53621


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 18 species, 501 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 2 records
  • Conifer Trees - 4 species, 11 records
  • Ferns - 1 species, 3 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 278 species, 11684 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 85 species, 7374 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 39 species, 2828 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 70 species, 9088 records
  • Vines - 41 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. bush honeysuckles (exotic) - 94/100 (94%)
  7. sericea lespedeza - 94/100 (94%)
  8. large crabgrass - 93/100 (93%)
  9. common vetch - 93/100 (93%)
  10. barnyardgrass - 92/100 (92%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. Orange County - 322 species
  2. Jackson County - 297 species
  3. Wake County - 286 species
  4. Haywood County - 283 species
  5. Mecklenburg County - 279 species
  6. Durham County - 262 species
  7. Madison County - 262 species
  8. Buncombe County - 252 species
  9. Ashe County - 242 species
  10. Forsyth County - 230 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Camden County - 45 species
  2. Perquimans County - 68 species
  3. Yadkin County - 91 species
  4. Pamlico County - 103 species
  5. Tyrrell County - 103 species
  6. Anson County - 114 species
  7. Davie County - 114 species
  8. Bladen County - 116 species
  9. Montgomery County - 116 species
  10. Alexander County - 117 species

Report created on September 1, 2015 at 02:00 AM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.