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Kudzu is a major threat to Michigan In this report I will discuss many factors as to why kudzu is a threat and what we as a state can do about it The reason I chose this topic was that I have lived in the south for most of my life and have seen the effects of Kudzu This plant is very threatening to us agriculturally as well as economically and we need to deal with this problem now before it spreads up into the beautiful landscape of Michigan Kudzu is a climbing semi-woody perennial vine in the legume family It has deciduous leaves with three broad leaflets that measure up to four inches across Its individual flowers are a half inch long purple highly fragrant and are born in large hanging clusters Flowering occurs in late summer and is soon followed by the production of brown hairy flattened seed pods each of which contains three to ten hard seeds Its roots are fleshy with massive tap roots that are seven or more inches in diameter six feet or more in length and weighing as much as four hundred pounds It is common throughout the southeastern United States and has been found as far north as New York Kudzu grows well under a wide range of conditions and in most soil types Preferred habitats for this vine are forest edges abandoned fields roadsides and disturbed areas where sunlight is abundant Kudzu grows best where the winters are mild summer temperatures are above eighty degrees Fahrenheit and annual rainfall is forty inches or more Description Internet Kudzu was introduced to the United States in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Countries were invited to build exhibits to celebrate the 100th birthday of our country The Japanese government constructed a beautiful garden filled with
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