bushkiller USDA PLANTS Symbol: CAJA7
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Vines
Cayratia japonica (Thunb.) Gagnepain

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Rhamnales: Vitaceae
Synonym(s): sorrel vine

Bushkiller is a perennial vine with compound leaves. Each leaf has 5 leaflets that are ovate to orbicular, 1.2-3 in. (3-8 cm) long and 0.5-1.5 in. (1.5-4 cm) wide. Tendrils grow opposite each leaf. Flowering occurs in the late summer; where small, salmon-colored flowers develop in umbels. Fruits are black or white berries that each contain 2-4 seeds. It is thought that bushkiller only reproduces vegetatively in North America. Vines can readily climb over other vegetation, where it can block out sunlight to the plants below. Bushkiller is native to temperate and sub-tropical Asia.

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Infestation;   Bushkiller in neighborhood climbing on Japanese Privet. September, 2005,
Robert J. Richardson, North Carolina State University, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); One acre infestation in neighborhood. September, 2005.
Robert J. Richardson, North Carolina State University, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Robert J. Richardson, North Carolina State University, Bugwood.org
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Seedling(s);
Robert J. Richardson, North Carolina State University, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
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State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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Invasive Listing Sources:
Alabama Invasive Plant Council
South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council