Vines – Replacing Kudzu

Q: I am about to dig up some sun-blocking wisteria vines because a swarm of kudzu bugs is all over my windows and door. What type of fast growing vine can I put in it’s place that won’t be attractive to kudzu bugs?

A: Kudzu bug has become a real problem this year. Besides killing new growth on wisteria, they do major damage to garden beans and peas but little to the kudzu vine for which they are named. For substitutes consider ‘Tangerine Beauty’crossvine, ‘Madame Galen’ trumpetvine or Confederate jasmine.