Several invasive species finding way to Southeast

Everyone knows about kudzu, the plant that ate the South, but as invasive species go, kudzu may soon be taking a back seat to some other unwelcome and foreign upstarts.

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Chinese privet, introduced to the United States more than a century ago as a hedge, has long since escaped to strangle vistas in local parks, forests and woodland edges.

Run-amok English ivy chokes oaks and poplars as surely as kudzu in some neighborhoods, while scratchy multiflora "pasture" rose from Asia -- once employed by settlers to make living cattle fences -- now creates impenetrably thorny thickets throughout the Cumberland Plateau and North Georgia regions.