Kudzu is a strong semiwoody perennial vine (family Fabacaeae) that can quickly overgrow forest edges, agricultural fields and forestry production sites. The species is native to East Asia (China, Japan, Korea). Kudzu was introduced as an ornamental plant in the US in 1876 and used against erosion until the species became known as invasive in 1950. In the same period, the species was introduced in several other continents (South America, Oceania, Africa). In Europe, Kudzu is found in Italy, Switzerland, Russia and Ukraine. As far as is known the species has not yet been observed in the Netherlands.