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Kudzu is a woody or semiwoody, perennial, deciduous, and leguminous vine. Kudzu grows in a wide range of conditions and soil types, and thrives in areas with abundant sunlight and rainfall, and warm summers and mild winters. Kudzu vines can reach 100 feet in length, and will grow up and over trees, buildings, hillsides, and across flat ground. Kudzu's relatively high rates of energy expended in photosynthesis, ability to fix nitrogen, and tendency to root rapidly contributes to its rapid spread. Once established, kudzu can grow up to 12 inches per day in peak conditions, with tap roots averaging 4–8 inches in diameter and up to 6 feet in length. Such a large root mass may weight up to 400 pounds and can store water, ...

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