Bushkiller climbs over other plants and shades them to death. It is found in other southern states but in North Carolina its distribution has been limited to Winston-Salem, Charlotte, and Lexington. It can reproduce through fragments and through its seeds.
Bushkiller is a vine with long tendrils. Tendrils are formed opposite of leaves. The leaves are compound with 5 leaflets (1 – 3” long) which have serrated margins and are oblong. During the late summer, the plant produces a convex cluster (umbels) of small pinkish flowers. Berries have 2 or 4 seeds each.
Fact Sheet: Bushkiller
Photo credit: Robert J. Richardson, North Carolina State University, Bugwood.org
Photo Credits: Robert J. Richardson