Japanese knotweed is an upright, shrubby, herbaceous perennial plant that can grow to over ten feet in height. It commonly invades disturbed areas with full or mostly full sunlight, such as roadsides. However, it can tolerate shade, as well as high temperatures, high salinity, and drought.
Kudzu is a deciduous, climbing, semi-woody perennial vine that grows 35 to 100 feet long. It grows via runners, rhizomes, and from nearly every node that touches the ground. It spreads most rapidly in open areas, including disturbed areas such as abandoned fields, roadsides, and forest edges.