Cats, the Times told us, are a pestilence akin to gypsy moths and kudzu.
The kudzu Vine is of wonderful rapidity of growth, and will be found a good substitute for a hardy vine about piazzas and porches.
kudzu is not particularly new, but it seems to me destined to a much greater importance than at present.
1893, from Japanese kuzu. Perennial climbing plant native to Japan and China, introduced in U.S. southeast as forage (1920s) and to stop soil erosion (1930s) and quickly got out of hand.