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Common exotic invasive plants of the Greenway:

Identification guide



Oriental bittersweet

(Celastrus orbiculatus)


Bittersweet leaves  






 Celastrus (bittersweet) berries







Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense)

 Chinese Privet

(Ligustrum sinense) 



Chinese Privet flowers




Chinese Privet leaves









 Chinese privet ( Ligustrum sinense ). Dense, extensive Chinese privet

thickets have cropped up under the Duke Energy power line along

Morris Trace, Airport Trail, and Tallulah Railroad Trail. 

Photo byDavid Moorhead, U. of Georgia, 








Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) 



Japanese honeysuckle flowers 






Japanese honeysuckle leaves 






Japanese honeysuckle ( Lonicera japonica ). This highly invasive vine is found 

along the entire Greenway. Photo by Chuck Bargeron, U. of Georgia,








(Peuraria montana) 

Kudzu ( Pueraria montana ).  Luckily, Kudzu is only found at four spots

on theGreenway; the largest population is near Tassee shelter.

Photo by Kerry Britton, USDA Forest Service,



Multiflora rose (Rosa multiflora)


Multiflora rose bush




Multiflora rose leaves









Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea) 


Reed canary grass ( Phalaris arundinacea ). Reed canary grass is quickly 

spreading at the Greenway's Suli marsh and along Airport Trail.  

Photo by Jamie Nielsen, U. of Alaska, Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service.