Kudzu has no natural enemies in Arkansas, but doesn’t have any friends either. Kudzu was introduced from Japan as an erosion-stopping ground cover and sometimes pitched as cattle forage. Cattle turned up their noses, but kudzu quickly lived up to its reputation as a ground cover. Not only does it cover ground, but it also covers trees, utility poles and anything that doesn’t move quickly.

GREEN SHMOOS -- Kudzu in its full foliage creates ghostly shapes as it drapes over trees and other immobile objects, resembling the Shmoos of Lil Abner fame. These Shmoos appeared on Crowley's Ridge at Forrest City.

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