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Invasive, Exotic Plants of the Southeast

Porcelain-berry climbs over native vegetation.

This table contains a list of selected invasive, exotic species that are causing particular problems for native plants or wildlife in the Southeast. Without natural checks, an exotic species can invade the native habitat, crowd out native plants, and reduce the diversity of foods available to birds and other wildlife. When at all possible, these plants should be removed from the landscape and replaced with native plants. Use this list to identify the invasive, exotic plants in your landscape. Click on the plant name to get a detailed description and photograph of each plant. Each invasive plant description contains information on how to control the plant in you home landscape using cultural methods (e.g., pulling or mowing) or herbicides. See the Guide to Using Glyphosate in the Home Landscape for more on its safe and appropriate use to control invasive plants. The Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council and the NC Botanial Garden provide additional information on ecology and management of invasive plants of the Southeast.


Common Name

Scientific Name


Ailanthus altissima


Albizia julibrissin


Melia azedarach

Princess Tree

Paulownia tomentosa

Callery 'Bradford' Pear

Pyrus calleryana

Chinese Tallow Tree

Sapium sebiferum


Common Name

Scientific Name

Japanese Barberry

Berberis thunbergii

Autumn Olive

Eleagnus umbellata

Russian Olive

Eleagnus angustifolia

Thorny Olive

Eleagnus pungens

Bicolor Lespedeza

Lespedeza bicolor

Japanese Privet

Ligustrum japonicum

Chinese Privet

Ligustrum sinense

Common Privet

Ligustrum vulgare

Oregon Grape

Mahonia bealei

Multiflora Rose

Rosa multiflora


Common Name

Scientific Name


Ampelopsis brevipedunculata

Oriental Bittersweet

Celastrus orbiculatus

Sweet Autumn Virginsbower

Clematis cuspidatum

Winter Creeper

Euonymus fortunei

English Ivy

Hedera helix

Cypressvine Morningglory

Ipomoea quamoclit

Japanese Honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica


Pueraria lobata

Chinese Wisteria

Wisteria sinensis

Japanese Wisteria

Wisteria floribunda


Common Name

Scientific Name

Queen Anne's Lace

Daucus carota


Imperata cylindrica

Sericea Lespedeza

Lespedeza cuneata

Japanese Grass

Microstegium vimineum

Chinese Silvergrass

Miscanthus sinensis

Japanese Knotweed

Polygonum cuspidatum

Johnson Grass

Sorghum halepense


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